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Why Fair Trade?

Fair trade seeks to develop communities and people.

Fair trade keeps prices affordable for consumers and returns a higher profit to the producers. Generally, fair trade items do not cost more than other goods, because fair trade organizations work directly with producers – cutting out anywhere from 3 – 10 middlemen who raise the price along the way in conventional trading.

Fair trade impacts communities in developing countries. Children’s school fees are paid; nutritional needs met; health care costs paid; the poor, especially women, are empowered; people have electricity for the first time, people live in a house with a roof, people have food on a regular basis.

The environmental impact of production, sourcing, and transport is mitigated to the fullest extent possible.

Here are the principles of Fair Trade:

  1. Fair Trade creates opportunities for economically and socially marginalized farmers and artisans
  2. Fair Trade develops transparent and accountable relationships with artisans and farmers to ensure that relationships are open, fair, consistent, and respectful.
  3. Fair Trade builds capacity of farmers, artisans, and their communities.
  4. Promote Fair Trade by raising awareness.
  5. Pay promptly and a fair wage.
  6. Support safe and empowering working conditions
  7. Cultivate environmental stewardship by encouraging responsible use of resources and eco friendly production.
  8. Ensure the rights of children by never using exploitative child labor.
  9. Respect cultural identity of farmers and artisans and celebrate diversity.

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