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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Hoop Fund Spearheads Innovative Crowd-Funding Platform for the Conscious Consumer-Investor

Many consumers these days are in search of a way to not only support, but become more personally connected to a sustainable supply…
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Fair Trade Gold Glitters More Brightly

By Larry Bohlen The newest Fair Trade standard, gold and associated precious metals, made its debut a little more than a year ago.…
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Equal Exchange, Fair Trade Execs on Certification, Consumption and Change

By Becky Eisen, MBA Student at the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business; President, Smith Net Impact Chapter As Leslie Lammers put the finishing…
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Fair Trade: It’s Tough to be an Ethical Consumer

No one ever said green would be cheap or easy. The sad truth of the matter is the average consumer’s commitment to greenness…
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Interview with Starbucks VP of Global Responsibility, Ben Packard

With today’s launch of Starbucks’ tenth annual Global Responsibility Report for 2010, Ben Packard spoke with me about what the company has accomplished…
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Natural Products Expo Shows Boom in Organic & Fair Trade Foods

At the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim the exotic is now mainstream. Guatemalan hats, hippie skirts, and copper bracelets of yesteryear were…
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Ivory Coast Politics Put Chocolate Farmers’ Livelihoods at Risk

Volatility in the chocolate market has increased the price of commodities, but has it increased the revenue of small-scale cocoa farmers as a…
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Bon Appetit Management Company Switches to Fair Trade Chocolate

Palo Alto-based Bon Appetit Management Company will soon introduce fair trade chocolate at over 400 kitchens at universities, corporate, and specialty cafes across…
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Farmer Direct Brings Fair Trade Close to Home

When it comes to the subject of fair trade, folks might conjure up images of products like chocolate from Ghana, coffee from Guatemala,…
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Anvil Knitwear Joins the Cotton Made in Africa Initiative

Anvil Knitwear is known for their sustainable apparel which is made from a variety of fibers and blends such as certified organic cotton,…
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Rumors Fly That Green & Black’s Wants Out Of Kraft

Several sources recently reported that the British chocolate company, Green & Black’s wants to buy out of Kraft. Cadbury bought Green & Black’s…
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Maine Root Brings Fair Trade to Soda

Maine Root has its origins in a pizza restaurant in Portland, Maine. Two brothers, Matthew and Mark Seiler, wanted to offer their customers…
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Badger Balm Pays More Than Lip Service To Fair Trade

Badger Balm has its origins in Bill and Katie Whyte’s New Hampshire home in 1995. Bill was a carpenter during the day and…
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Sustainability Named One of ‘Jargoniest Jargon’ Words of 2010 by Ad Age

Advertising Age named sustainability one of the “jargoniest jargon” words of 2010 that they “wish you would stop saying,” right up there with…
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Fair Trade, Source Direct: A Purple Cow in Rhode Island #3pVOTE

This post is part of our year-end “year in review” sustainable business writing contest. We’ve asked 3p readers to submit their own thoughts…