fair trade

“Fair trade” is a system of trade in which workers receive living wages and employment opportunities for the goods they produce. This system serves as an alternative approach to conventional international trade for producers who are typically economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers from developing countries. The producers partner with international organizations that help them build their skills to market and sell goods such as crafts, and agricultural products such as coffee and chocolate.

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A Caffeinated Adventure Through Two Sustainable Guatemalan Coffee Farms

The following article is part of a series on the Rainforest Alliance’s effort to bring fair and sustainable trade to coffee growers in…
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The Global Land Grab, The Next Human Rights Challenge For Business

For five years, companies and governments have acquired or signed long term leases for land in Africa, Latin America and SE Asia with…
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Cup of José: Rainforest Alliance’s Approach to Coffee Production and Hotel Mgmt

In Guatemala, we visited two Rainforest Alliance certified coffee farms and two Rainforest Alliance verified hotels, all of which reflected local character and…
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First Fair Trade Certified Coffee Estate Already Improving Lives

Within 3 months of certification the first Fair Trade coffee estate's 110 workers (40% of whom are women) earned $7,250 in community development…
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How Fair Trade Helped Ecuadorian Flower Workers Get Their Sundays Back

Ecuadorian farmers spent their fair trade funds on washing machines. This allowed them to spend their Sundays with their families instead of at…
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From Field to Cup: Why It’s Important to Know the Story of Fair Trade Tea

The tea supply chain is a complex trade network with many different players. Each and every farmer, worker, exporter, importer, processor, auctioneer, buying…

Honest Tea & Fair Trade USA Team Up to Support Tea Growers

Honest Tea is working with exclusively with tea growing communities through Fair Trade USA to ensure fair working conditions for tea growers in…
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Why Fair Trade Matters to Working Women Everywhere

Fair Trade Certified farms empower women, not only through labor protections required by the Fair Trade standards, but also through opportunities for education,…
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Fair Trade Takes Over the Whole Foods Produce Section

Last month Whole Foods introduced more fruits and vegetables certified by Oakland-based Fair Trade USA. Fair trade watermelon will be an ethical treat…

Why Fair Trade Means Protecting the Environment, Too

When people think of Fair Trade, they might think of fair prices for farmers, better labor standards, or maybe even safe working conditions…
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Dr. Bronner’s Audacious Activism Is Refreshingly Authentic

Dr. Bronner’s, like its founder, Emanuel Bronner, is a story of a company’s great highs and the lowest of lows.

Starbucks Mission to Increase Use of Reusable Cups

Starbucks recently released its 2011 Global Responsibility Report which highlights last year’s progress toward meeting its sustainability goals.

Probiotics Reign at Natural Products Expo West

For the natural foods connoisseur, the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim is a fascinating look at an industry that has soared from fringe…

Slow Shipping Sails Into Existence: Why Businesses Should Care

The global impact of boat based shipping is enormous, and largely unknown to the public. The New Dawn Traders are now on the…

Chinese Solar Panel Exports Spike as Obama Announces New Trade Enforcement Unit

Chinese exports of silicon solar panels surged in 2011, and they're spiking higher yet following the filing of illegal dumping and subsidy petitions…