What is Fair Trade?

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Fair Trade coffee beans with farmerAs a consumer, every purchase you make is a vote within the market place. You have the ability to influence not only which products you see on shelves, but also where those products come from and how they’re made. When you choose fair trade products and ingredients, you help improve the lives of farmers, farm-workers, producers and their families. You’ll also be making an eco-friendly choice.

10 Principles of Fair Trade Products*

The ten principles of fair trade help to create a model of sustainable, ethical trade that puts people and planet first. Purchasing dedicated fair trade brands is the easiest way to do the most good, every day.
  1. Opportunities for disadvantaged producers
  2. Transparency & accountability
  3. Fair trade practices
  4. Fair payment
  5. No child labor, no forced labor
  6. No discrimination, gender equity, freedom of association
  7. Good working conditions
  8. Capacity building
  9. Promote fair trade
  10. Respect for the environment
*Courtesy of the World Fair Trade Organization website.

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Fair Trade logos to look out for  

Did you know?

The Fair Trade movement started in the United States in 1946. You can read more about the history of the fair trade movement on the World Fair Trade Organization website.