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What is Fair Trade?

From production to purchase, Fair Trade is a model of sustainable, ethical trade that puts people and planet first.  It’s the easiest way to do the most good, every day.

Fair Trade is a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and global economic crises. The World Bank reports that more than one billion people still live at or below $1.25 a day. Trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities especially for small and disadvantaged producers.  Recurring global economic crises and persistent poverty in many countries confirm the demand for a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally.

Impact of Fair Trade

Today's global market enables—often encourages—compromise at the expense of farmers, workers, and fishermen. People stand with Fair Trade Certified to demand higher standards for everyone.

Income sustainability

Earnings should fulfill basic household needs, regardless of volatile market prices. Our standards ensure producers, workers, farmers, and fishermen have the money needed to invest in their lives and their work.

Empowerment

Fair Trade empowers people to make choices for the good of themselves and their community, regardless of gender, status, position in society, or position on the globe. Rigorous standards give farmers, workers, and fishermen a voice in the workplace and the community.

Individual and community well-being

When people have the capacity to invest in better futures, the result is a healthier workforce and ultimately higher quality goods. Our model is fueled by committees of farmers, workers, and fishermen who decide how to invest the Fair Trade Premium based on their community's greatest needs: often clean water, education, and healthcare.

Environmental stewardship

Environmental practices have long-term impacts on the livelihoods of producers, communities, and the planet. Our standards work to keep the planet healthy for generations to come by prohibiting the most harmful chemicals and taking measures to protect natural resources.

 

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