What is Fair Trade?
"Fair trade is a global movement made up of a diverse network of producers, companies, shoppers, advocates, and organizations putting people and planet first.
We at Fair Trade USA believe that everyone wants to do what’s right – for their families, fellow global citizens, and the planet. That’s why we’re committed to making the right choices the most obvious ones. Based on the simple idea that the products we buy and sell are connected to the livelihoods of others, fair trade is a way to make a conscious choice for a better world. A choice for Fair Trade Certified™ goods is a choice to support responsible companies, empower farmers, workers, and fishermen, and protect the environment. In other words, it’s a world-changing way of doing business."
-Fair Trade USA-
Impact of Fair Trade
- Income Sustainability: Ensures that the farmers, workers, and fishermen have the money needed to invest in their lives and their work.
- Empowerment: Giving farmers, workers, and fishermen a voice in the workplace and the community.
- Individual and community well-being: A model that is fueled by committees of farmers, workers, and fishermen who decide how to invest their Fair Trade Community Development Funds based on their community's greatest needs: often clean water, education, and health care.
- Environmental Stewardship: Fair trade standards work to keep the planet healthy for generations to come by prohibiting the most harmful chemicals and taking measures to protect natural resources.