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  • 1. Introduction ToFair Trade and theFair Trade Federation Fair Trade Federation 202-636-3547 [email_address]

2. What is Fair Trade?

  • A tradingpartnershipbased on:
  • dialogue ,
  • transparency , and
  • respect
  • that seeks greater equity in international trade.
  • 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

3. How?

  • Fair Trade Federation Principles
  • Creating Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
  • Developing Transparent and Accountable Relationships
  • Building Capacity
  • 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?

  • Business Screening
  • Product Certification

5. What is available? 6. Why Choose Fair Trade?

  • Hands on for High-Quality
  • Cultivated Creativity
  • Trend Balanced with Authenticity
  • Support the poorest of the poor
  • CreateSpillover Effects in Health, Education
  • Great Story
    • Empowerment - Not Charity
  • A Smart Business Decision
    • Growth of 102%+ from 2004-2007

7. Levels of Commitment?

  • Conventional Companies
  • 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
  • Federation Members
  • 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

  • Fully Committed
  • 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.
  • Source:

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: 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
  • Specialized Recommendations
  • 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
    • Phone: 202-636-3547
    • Fax: 202-636-3549
    • Address: 1718 M Street, NW, #381, Washington DC 20036
    • [email_address]
    • Facebook; Twitter: @FTFederation