Fair Trade
What is Fair Trade - Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system.  Source: Fair Trade Federation  Fair Trade encourages equality. Fair Trade stands for sustainability. Fair Trade promotes just and fair pay.  Fair Trade means that people can work safely and are free from exploitation. It means people are seen as people and not as a means for production. Fair Trade means opportunity.
Fair Trade Principles - Create Opportunities for economically and socially marginalized farmers and artisans. Fair trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development achieved through long-term trading partnerships. Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships with artisans and farmers to ensure that relationships are open, fair, consistent, and respectful. Build Capacity of farmers, artisans, and their communities. FTF members invest time and resources to help producers build their businesses and create sustainable supply chains. Promote Fair Trade by raising awareness about fair trade, educating customers and producers, and inspiring other businesses to adopt fair trade practices. Pay Promptly and Fairly by discussing costs and pricing openly and honestly so that producers are able to earn a fair wage. Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions that are free of discrimination and forced labor. Healthy workplaces empower producers to participate in decision-making. Cultivate Environmental Stewardship by encouraging responsible use of resources and eco-friendly production. FTF members reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials whenever possible. Ensure the Rights of Children by never using exploitative child labor. FTF members support children’s right to security, education, and play and respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Respect the Cultural Identity of the farmers and artisans and celebrate diversity. Fair trade products and production methods respect the traditions of the local communities.
Impact, Why it Matters - Fair Trade began building trust and lasting global relationships over 70 years ago. What started out much like our operation - a mobile enterprise, became much, much more. Even though each and every country and culture is different, it still means that we all deserve to live a decent and dignified life. By purchasing something that is Fair Trade, you ensure that someone is able to have food everyday, that women are not sold into trafficking, and that your dollar supports a world full of dreams.