Fair Trade is a social consumer movement that helps farmers and producers in developing countries. Fair Trade goods are certified by Fair Trade USA (or FLO in Europe) to meet standards of fair pay, sustainability and development, in order to benefit disadvantaged farmers. Consumers of Fair Trade certified products know that they are contributing to the social and economic development of people through their purchases.
Fair Trade helps farmers and communities in many ways. Fair Trade guarantees fair minimum prices for producers. It encourages sustainable, organic farming practices. And Fair Trade returns a premium to the farming community itself, via farming cooperatives, for improvements.
The ten principles of Fair Trade, as described by the World Fair Trade Organization, are:
- Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers
- Transparency and accountability
- Fair trading practices
- Payment of a fair price
- Ensuring no child labor and forced labor
- Commitment to non-discrimination, gender equity and freedom of association
- Ensuring good working conditions
- Providing capacity building
- Promoting fair trade
- Respect for the environment (maximize use of local, sustainable raw materials)
When consumers see the Fair Trade Certified mark, they know their purchases go directly to help farmers and communities in developing nations. Beyond simple ethical goals, Fair Trade certification creates sustainability, high-quality goods, stabilizes the market with fair prices, and reduces shortages. Fair Trade is an excellent way consumers can affect the global marketplace through their day-to-day purchases.
Companies like Spicely® Organic Spices, Starbucks and Nestle are taking initiative by offering Fair Trade Certified products. Look for the Fair Trade Certified and Global Fair Trade logos on all your purchases. For more information, visit Fair Trade USA's website at http://www.fairtradeusa.org.
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