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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The World’s Most Sustainable Retailer? Marks & Spencer’s 2013 Plan A Report

The annual “Plan A” update from Marks & Spencer outlines what the company has done to mitigate its impact on society and on…
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SBIO 2013 Semi-finalist Interview: Ecopia

Using the starch from tapioca, social enterprise Ecopia produces a fully degradable, recyclable, and non-GMO bio-plastic, referred to as ECOPLAS®, while also seeking…
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How Fair Trade Helped Indian Cotton Farmers When Government Failed

When the government failed and trade negotiations came up empty, NGOs like Fair Trade stepped in to help Indian cotton farmers.
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Fair Trade USA Sets Sights on Cotton

Fair Trade USA has achieved a great milestone of 10 percent of cotton is Fair Trade certified. To move forward, Fair Trade USA…
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Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission

Although Ben & Jerry's is owned by Unilever, they continue to pursue their own social initiatives: Caring Dairy, fair trade and anti-GMO efforts.
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We Investigate Labor Violation Claims Against Fair Trade Chocolatier Theo Chocolate

Theo Chocolate has been accused of union busting by the International Labor Rights Forum and Teamsters, who say that the fair trade chocolate…
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FairTrade USA Ramps Up Fight Against Coffee Rust in Central America

Fair Trade USA launched the Rust Response Fund, to which we will contribute a minimum of $50,000 to fight the spread of coffee…
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Seventh Generation Founder Jeffrey Hollender Develops Sustainable Condoms

When Hollender became a free agent in 2010, he decided to revisit his condom dream. He's planning to launch an organic and Fair…
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Green Mountain Coffee’s CSR Report an Ethical Business Success Story

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' most recent sustainability report details the company’s successes and shortcomings during FY2012.
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How Collaboration Creates Fair Trade from Farm-to-Shelf

How can groups that are passionate about making change work together to solve an intricate and complicated problem that spans the globe?
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Organic Bouquet Touts Sustainability Via Kathy Ireland’s Dubious Credentials

Kathy Ireland, with a past full of sweatshops and fights with PETA, is a spokesperson for a company touting its sustainability credentials, Organic…
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Fair Trade Romance? Why Fair Trade Flowers Matter on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine's Day, give that special someone a bouquet of beautiful red roses AND support the farmers and workers that grew them. Fair…
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Quinoa Farming Practices Push Consumers Toward Fair Trade

Purchasing Fair Trade quinoa can transform the market, ensuring rural farmers benefit from the Western food trend and socially-conscious consumers can enjoy their…
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More than Beans, A Quest for Great Tasting Sustainable Coffee

Attending a cupping (or coffee-tasting) puts coffee in a whole new light.
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Honest Tea Ramps Up Commitment to Fair Trade

Honest Tea, committed to fair trade since 2003, recently issued its latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report.