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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Sustainable Cuba Delegation 2011

Reality Tours – A Different Way of Travel

One of the original innovators in responsible tourism, Global Exchange’s Reality Tours, runs customizable trips to over 40 locations around the world including…
Occupy Earth

The First Global Revolution Has Begun

Now we are in the early stages of the first-ever global revolution. It is not about seizing power in capital cities; it is…

Coffee, Tea, Wine and Beer: Sustainability in the Beverage Industry

A panel at the 2011 Net Impact Conference in Portland, OR featured professionals from the local beverage industry discussing ways they approach sustainability.

Fair Trade for All: Fair Trade Becomes Mainstream

A conversation with Fair Trade USA’s Paul Rice October is officially Fair Trade Month, and Fair Trade USA founder and CEO Paul Rice is both…

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Hershey’s Needs to ‘Raise the Bar’ to Meet Fair Labor Practices

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Named Largest Purchaser of Fair Trade Coffee

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

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Wedding rings - the most popular Fair Trade jewelry. Credit: Amy Deputy

Fair Trade Gold Glitters More Brightly

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Equal Exchange, Fair Trade Execs on Certification, Consumption and Change

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Fair Trade: It’s Tough to be an Ethical Consumer

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Interview with Starbucks VP of Global Responsibility, Ben Packard

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Natural Products Expo West Main Hall, Anaheim

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…

Ivory Coast Politics Put Chocolate Farmers’ Livelihoods at Risk

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Bon Appetit Management Company Switches to Fair Trade Chocolate

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