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.