What is Fair Trade?




  1. Cory Sorensen said,

    November 2, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Fair-trade gives workers and producers of our products enough money to live a sustainable life.

    • November 2, 2009 at 8:15 pm

      Can you define sustainable life?

    • Ricardo Soli said,

      November 11, 2009 at 11:20 am

      I believe in fair-trade because it’s in our own human nature to support those in need. buying Fair-trade products we are also supporting local business and companies that provide good paying jobs to those overseas that are marginalizes by corruption or political unfairness. sustainable living for those that prove our daily coffee in the cup is open for

  2. Johannah said,

    November 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Fair Trade is a empowering social movement aiming to pay marginalized farmers and workers a fair and just price based on the goods they produce – so they can be self-sustained and lift themselves out of poverty. It is a way to support safe and fair working conditions, human rights, and environmental sustainability!
    Think twice about your $ vote next time you make a purchase………what are you supporting?

  3. Sherri Szippl said,

    November 3, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Among the manufactures that do not participate in Fair trade are: “ADM Cocoa, Barry Callebau USA, Blommer Chocolate Company, Guittard, Hershey, M&M/Mars, Nestle, and
    World’s Finest “(Solcircle, 2002).
    Solcircle. (2002). Boycott see’s candies: Stop slavery! fair trade!. Retrieved October 29, 2009,from http://www.vaxpower. org/~toups/national/ 0447. html

  4. Sherri Szippl said,

    November 3, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    A Really Good Article:
    Check out : Slave Labor in the Kid’s Candy Jar by Julie Hall March 19, 2009 http://www.progressivekid.com/reader/index.php/beware-the-chocolate-monsters-keep-slave-labor-out-of-halloween/

  5. Leah Samuels said,

    November 11, 2009 at 10:21 am

    hey guys.. check out this website. http://stopchildslavery.com/

    If you go under the section, “Those who help”, there are links connected with numerous groups working to stop child slavery.

  6. Paul Roberts said,

    November 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I love the site! I’ve been doing some research on labor and child slavery in buisness. I found some good sites to take a look at.


  7. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 10:21 am

    TransfairUSA also is working to make Cities, schools, colleges, businesses, places of worship –Fair Trade zones. This mirrors what is happening with the Fair Trade Foundation in the U.K. The city of San Francisco is one of those leading the way!

    The City and County of San Francisco, working with a coalition of nearly 60 community groups, passed a historic resolution in July 2005 to maximize purchase of Fair Trade Certified products, the strongest in the country. The city spends thousands and thousands of dollars each year on coffee and other food products for its hospitals, jails, and schools – all purchased with taxpayer money. By passing this legislation, City Hall has heard the message loud and clear: citizens of San Francisco want their taxpayer dollars to be spent in ways that support fair labor practices and protect the environment.


  8. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Transfair Usa is one of twenty FLO’s (Fair Trade Labeling Organization) in the U.S. They are a non-profit and are ensuring along with the other members that The farmers and workers who grow or produce coffee, tea, wine, rice, flowers ,honey, sugar, and many other products in the country of origin get a good price for their produce. Currently , Fair Trade Coffee is the fastest growing part of the specialty market coffee business.

  9. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 10:31 am

    TransfairUSA also plays a crucial auditing and monitoring role to ensure good Fair Trade Practices to ensure the farmer and workers meet the standard and that they are ensured a good return on their work, so they can have a good wage, living condtions, and use the proceeds to develop sustainability and community projects – water treatment , schools, etc.

  10. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 10:33 am

    TransFair USA monitors manufacturers and importers

    FLO monitors producers

    “TransFair USA traces Fair Trade product from producers on the international Fair Trade Register to importers, manufacturers, and distributors in the US. TransFair USA’s rigorous audit system verifies industry compliance with Fair Trade criteria. TransFair USA allows U.S. companies to display the Fair Trade Certified label on products that meet strict Fair Trade standards. TransFair USA belongs to Fairtrade Labeling Organizations (FLO), an international organization headquartered in Bonn, Germany. Just as TransFair USA audits the activities of manufacturers and importers in the , FLO manages the Fair Trade Register, a list of certified producers. The work of TransFair USA and FLO complement each other, so that the chain of custody is tracked from the farm to the finished product.”

  11. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 10:35 am

    There have some exciting statistics in terms of how fair trade coffee, and its proceeds are helping the communities where the coffee is grown and produced.
    “ In the past 10 years, TransFair has leveraged limited resources to certify over 334 million pounds of coffee into the U.S. market. This translates to an estimated additional 140 million dollars flowing into rural farming communities throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia. In 2008 alone, TransFair certified nearly 90 million pounds, yielding and additional 32 million dollars to these farming communities, and enabling cooperatives and their members to not only have a better standard of living, but also invest in community projects such as building schools, providing healthcare and improving the quality of their coffee.

    More of each dollar spent on any of these products goes back to the farmers and farm workers who produce them. The US Fair Trade market has thus empowered farmers and farm workers around the world to determine their most pressing local economic development needs for themselves, and reinvest in their products, cooperatives, and communities in appropriate and sustainable ways.”

  12. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 10:38 am

    TransfairUsa also have a great section on locations, and descriptions of products that contain fair trade ingredients or are certified fair trade. It is great to see the spread of fair trade products taking place in the mainstream! I think It shows that there is definitely an increased awareness of demand for fair trade by consumers.
    This is a great resource!

  13. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 10:40 am

    TransFair Usa has some great facts on a fair trade curriculum for schools- K-12. They have different lesson plans and topics K-2 – chocolate explorer, 3rd to 6th grade –Banana Bonanza, 7th to 12TH Grade –Coffee connections.

    .“The Focus on Fair Trade Curriculum offers an accessible way to introduce students of all ages to the concept of global interdependence and citizenship, through an exploration of familiar foods produced outside the USA: chocolate, crazy and coffee.
    The curriculum includes engaging activities that help students to identify with the hard work of farmers around the world, and to develop interest in learning more about where their food comes from. The curriculum further fosters global citizenship as students learn to recognize and appreciate empowering consumer choices such as Fair Trade, which have a real impact on people around the world.”
    Very cool!

  14. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Fair Trade Vending is a Uk-based international Fair trade movement. Their goal is to make sure that producers in the poor countries get a fair price for their goods, and can cover both production costs and provide a sustainable living wage. The farmers and their communities also use funds to foster community projects – They offer an interesting alternative in that the producer offers to sells directly to consumer, which ensures a fairer wealth distribution for the small farmer in their struggle to compete with big business.
    They have a number of very cool vending machines that are 100% fair trade and include – cola, coffee, tea, and restaurant- quality snacks. They have contracts with business, government, and schools! It looks like they don’t a U.S subsidiary, as of yet. Here’s hoping…

  15. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:27 am

    RefreshU is Uk-based vending machine company that provides some products that are fair trade and ethically sourced. They are also involved with the brighter tomorrow scheme which differs from fair trade, in that the farmers who have quality co-ops are selected, and they are coached on how to get a better price and improve sustainability for their crop. The Mars Corporation is also a co-sponsor which made me question their alliances and intent. They are involved with a similar project in the rainforest called the Rainforest Alliance. They seem to be moving toward more fair trade products and also have contracts with schools, businesses, and organizations that include healthy snacks and drinks.

  16. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Revive is U.K. based food and beverage vending company that provides products which include ethical sourced tea, coffee, soft drinks, and food products that support Fair Trade practices. I don’t think that all of their products are Fair Trade, but it seems that they are heading that way. They are committed to increasing Fair Trade practices and have contracts with schools and organizations for vending machines that carry healthy foods.

    The Revive website also had a link to an Irish vending company – Try vending. I was surprised to find that Ireland has improved on the dietary aspects and sourcing aspects of their food. I was quite proud of that, as it has a very high rate of heart disease and more recently – child obesity. They are installing food and beverage vending machines that support healthy eating in schools. They also sponsor the brighter tomorrow scheme which helps small coffee farmers in Kenya and Malawi get a better price for their produce, although Mars Drinks is another co-sponsor of this Scheme which made me question their fair trade ambitions.

  17. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:29 am

    The Fair Trade Foundation is based in the Uk and helps schools become more aware of the importance of Fair Trade Practice by supplying school meals, vending machines that carry food and drinks that are, as much as possible, Fair Trade sourced. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/schools/To be registered as a Fair trade school, – elementary, middle and High Schools are eligible, to be considered a school must:
    •use Fairtrade products as far as possible
    •learn about how global trade works and why Fairtrade is important
    •Take action for Fairtrade in the school and the wider community.

  18. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:31 am

    The Foundation has Five goals that schools must meet to become a Fair Trade School:

    • A school has set up a Fairtrade School Steering Group (or committee). At least half of us are pupils or students and we meet together at least once a term.
    •A school has written and adopted a whole-school Fairtrade Policy. We have the support of the board of Governors and our Policy is signed by the Headteacher.
    •A school is committed to selling, promoting and using Fairtrade products as much as possible. If we have problems, we can at least show that we have tried and will continue trying.
    •A whole school learns about Fairtrade In at least three subjects in each of two year groups.
    •A school promotes and takes action for Fairtrade at least once a term in the school and once a year in the wider community. This way it becomes a regular part of what we do, and allows everyone to take part in helping to bring about a fairer world.

  19. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:33 am

    The benefits for a school are:
    •It means the school gets local and national recognition
    •It supports lots of other initiatives (such as Eco-Schools, International Schools, Healthy Schools and ‘Determined to Succeed’ (Scotland)
    • It contributes to making the world a fairer place
    • It helps to develop lots of new skills
    • It has a positive influence on the school community
    • It is part of something that’s happening all over the country and around the world
    • It is fun!

  20. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:34 am

    There is also a link to an activities page on how adults and children can create a fair trade school. Very cool! http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/schools/support_resources/

  21. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:36 am

    The Fair Trade Foundation website also has a section for universities and colleges. The Foundation has a Five step process for becoming a Fair trade college or university. These mirror some of the steps the class is taking in trying to make Naropa, a Fair Trade University.
    They are:
    1.The Student Union (or equivalent) and the university or college authorities both create a Fair trade policy incorporating these five goals.
    2.Fair trade foods are made available for sale in all campus shops. Fairtrade foods are used in all cafés/restaurants/bars on campus. Where this is not possible, there is a commitment to begin to use Fairtrade foods in these establishments as soon as it becomes possible to do so.
    3.Fair trade foods (for example, coffee and tea) are served at all meetings hosted by the university or college and the Student Union (or equivalent), and are served in all university or college and Student Union management offices.
    4.There is a commitment to campaign for increased Fair trade consumption on campus.
    5.A Fair trade Steering Group is established.


  22. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Another cool part of the foundation is that whole towns, organizations, places of worship can also become fair trade registered!


  23. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Check out this link that talks about fair Trade on Campus


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