It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to - and securing the rights of - marginalized producers and workers - especially in the South.
-FINE Network (Fairtrade Labelling Organizations, International Fair Trade Association, Network of European Shops, European Fair Trade Association), 1998
Fair Trade Federation Principles
Creating Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
Developing Transparent and Accountable Relationships
Promoting Fair Trade
Paying Promptly and Fairly
Supporting Safe and Empowering Working Conditions
Ensuring the Rights of Children
Cultivating Environmental Stewardship
Respecting Cultural Identity
4. Who is involved?
5. What is available? 6. Why Choose Fair Trade?
Hands on for High-Quality
Trend Balanced with Authenticity
Support the poorest of the poor
CreateSpillover Effects in Health, Education
Empowerment - Not Charity
A Smart Business Decision
Growth of 102%+ from 2004-2007
7. Levels of Commitment?
Maximize Profit for Shareholders
Range from 0% - 50% Fair Trade sourcing
Rarely Discuss Sourcing
Frequently Change Suppliers
Race to the Bottom of Standards and Expectations
Unsustainable Practices for other Products
Maximize Impact for Marginalized Communities
Dedicated to Fair Trade
Tell Artisans and Farmers Stories
Cultivate Long-term Relationships
Aim for the Highest Standards
Holistic Approach to Business and Development
8. Similar Marketing,Different Impact
Equal Exchange works with more than 32 small farmer organizations in 18 developing countries. Our trading partners are small farmer cooperatives - businesses owned and governed democratically by the farmers themselves.
Conventional "Gemadro workers and their families enjoy access to clean water, health care, housing and schools, all in keeping with the estate's commitment to maintain the highest standards of social and environmental stewardship. Source: Starbucks.com 9. What can the Fair Trade Federation do for you?
Rigorous Evaluation of Companies
Searchable Member Directory
Educational Tools and Resources
Trade and Gift Show Locators
Email Lists for Buyers, the Public
10. What can you do?
Choose Fair Trade online and ask for it in your favorite stores
Volunteer / Work in the US and abroad
Fundraise for your Student Group, Faith Community, or Local Organization
Celebrate Fair Trade Day in May and Fair Trade Month in October!
11. More Information
Fair Trade Federation
Address: 1718 M Street, NW, #381, Washington DC 20036