Archive | February, 2013

First-Ever Fair Trade Certification for Wild-Collected Cocoa

Through the Fair Wild Certification program, the first-ever Fair Trade certification was given for wild-collected cocoa in November 2012. Most cocoa, including Fair Trade cocoa, is farmed rather than wild-collected. The Yuracaré indigenous people of the Amazon basin in Bolivia formed an association, Yuracaré Forest Cocoa Gatherers Association (ARCASY), and partnered with Rainforest Exquisite Products […]

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25 Free Kids Books for All WFTD Events

Think Fair Trade First!, by Ingrid Hess, is now available up to 25 copies free from FTRN for all World Fair Trade Day events. Book details: published February 2010 ~ Ages 3-8 ~ 40 color pages 8×9 inches, softcover book. This book offer is the latest free & discounted product special for WFTD event organizers. […]

Labor Group ILRF Says Theo Chocolate & IMO “Fair for Life” Destroy U.S. Worker Rights; IMO & Theo Reject Allegations

On February 11, 2013 the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) released a report on alleged U.S. labor rights violations by Theo Chocolate and IMO, the “Fair For Life” certification body of Theo’s Fair Trade recognition. IMO does not accept the report findings and conclusions. Theo also declares the accusations false. The ILRF report states that […]

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Trade Policy Campaign Opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership & Fast Tracking

The Citizens Trade Campaign invites people to join its initiative to oppose the TPP and fast tracking: In his State of the Union speech, President Obama claimed that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will “boost American exports, support Americans jobs and level the playing field.” Please take action now to let Congress know you don’t buy it. […]

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IMO “Fair for Life” Certification Planning Minor Revision to Program with Stakeholder Consultation

IMO announced the upcoming minor revision of its Fair for Life Program in 2013 by the Bio-Foundation: The scope of this revision will be Module 1 (Labelling and Control Requirements) and Module 4 (Handling Operations) only, as implementation of the programme in by now over 180 operations worldwide has indicated several technical aspects that need […]

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World Fair Trade Day Plans & Resources Announced for May 2013

Fair Trade Resource Network is delighted to announce plans and resources for World Fair Trade Day in N. America, with events taking place May 4-19, 2013. Download the free World Fair Trade Day Activities Guide for tips, ideas, and resources! You can also order WFTD promotional stickers and postcards, and Fair Trade products – free […]

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“Raise the Bar on Fairness!” Valentine’s Campaign Asks World’s Finest Chocolate to Source Fair Trade

Raise the Bar on Fairness posts: Today we ask you to join us in our Valentine’s campaign Raise the bar on Fairness! Our action is to ask to World’s Finest Chocolate’s CEO, Edmond Opler, to source fair trade for their chocolate. World’s Finest Chocolate, based in Chicago, is the leading manufacturer of chocolate for school, […]

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FLO Publishes 2012 Global Monitoring Report

Fairtrade International (FLO) has published its annual monitoring report, “Monitoring the Scope and Benefits of Fairtrade: Fourth Edition 2012″, filled with statistics, stories and analysis, describing its global Fairtrade  system. Since FLO was the recognition system for about 90% of all Fair Trade goods sold globally in 2012, its statistics tell important parts of the […]