The Fair Trade Connect Store

Fair Trade Products Delivered To Your HomeThe Fair Trade Connect Store is setup to make it convenient for you to find fair trade products and have them delivered to your door. The collection includes a wide variety of products from suppliers who have certified by independent organizations such as Fair Trade USA or the Fair Trade Federation.

While you can certainly go to Amazon and search for fair trade products, the problem is that you’ll get a list of products with “fair trade” in the product name but no verification of certification status.  In some cases, the product may show a fair trade label but the supplier’s certification may have lapsed.  What this means is that there is no independent verification that the farmers and producers of the products are actually receiving fair wages for their labor or their share of the fair trade premium.  Each supplier of products in the Fair Trade Connect Store has been cross-checked with the certifying organization to ensure that their certification status is current. [click to continue…]

How Fair Trade Reduces Global Poverty

If you’re reading this, you have probably already decided that you’d like to help disadvantaged farmers and workers by purchasing products that are fair trade certified.  But you may also be wondering how those who produced the product will actually benefit from what you buy.  There is surprisingly little independent analysis of the benefits for disadvantaged producers and their communities, given that fair trade accounts for billions of dollars in annual sales.  Most studies have focused on the motivation of consumers rather than the actual benefits to the producers themselves.  Two recent studies published by researchers in Europe and the US show how fair trade helps fight global poverty.

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Is Free Trade Fair?

Free trade is not always fairThe terms free trade and fair trade are often confused, since they are used frequently when discussing international trade between developing countries (or “South”) and industrialized nations (or “North”).

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Fair Trade Definition

Fair Trade is both a brand and a set of principles.Fair Trade means Economic Justice

As a brand, a fair trade certification tells you that a product has been made and its producer compensated in ways that follow fair trade standards. As consumers, we rely on third-party organizations to evaluate how a product is brought to market and verify that farmers and workers were treated fairly. There are several certifying organizations that define what it means for a product to receive the Fair Trade brand.  You can visit our Certifications page for information about the most recognized international and US based fair trade organizations.

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