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FTRN to Close at End of May

The staff and Board announce that Fair Trade Resource Network will be shutting down as of May 31, 2014. While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to advance Fair Trade from our own organization, we commit to supporting Fair Trade through other organizations and activities. We are proud of all that FTRN has […]

Dr. Bronner’s – Organic & Fair Trade Pioneer

Photo: David Bronner, President, Dr. Bronner’s Dr. Bronner’s started sourcing certified organic ingredients for its products in 2000 out of a desire to support sustainable agriculture without synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. While this was a great first step towards sustainability, thecompany realized that questionable pricing, wages, and working conditions for farmers and workers producing […]

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Once Again Nut Butter Donates Over 20,000 Pounds of Peanut Butter to Natural Disaster Victims

During the month of April, Once Again Nut Butter donated over 21,000 pounds of peanut butter to the charity, Feed the Children.  The organization will be using the forty-four, 480-pound drums donated, to support victims in natural disasters.  They are working to send nut butter to the victims of the massive typhoon in the Philippines, […]

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6-Min. Video on Free Trade v. Fair Trade Produced by Fully Committed Fair Trade Organizations

In a 2014 video, 6 min. long, produced by Fair World Project, various senior representatives of dedicated Fair Trade brands and organizations explain how free trade has hurt marginalized producers, and how Fair Trade is a positive alternative.
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PACT Apparel Launches New Organic Cotton, Fair Trade Certified Line Carried in Whole Foods

PACT brand announced this month that it is launching a line of organic cotton apparel manufactured in a Fair Trade Certified facility. The line will include 19 product styles featuring 78 different items. A preview of the line featuring custom designed women’s t-shirts for Spring retailing at 14.99 launched March 7, 2014, exclusively at select […]

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FWP Analysis Compares Fair Trade & Ecosocial Certifications on How Committed Brands Are Distinguished

Fair World Project (FWP) has published some analysis on how well different Fair Trade and eco-social seals distinguish committed brands (that is brands that are committed to building a just economy in all policies and practices) from conventional brands (that is brands that offer some certified products or ingredients but in other supply chains and […]

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Fairtrade International Launches Commodity Sourcing Program

Fairtrade International recently announced the first commitments to its new commodity sourcing model. Rather than focusing on all the ingredients for a multi-ingredient final product, Fairtrade Sourcing Programs means companies can now make big commitments to use Fairtrade cocoa, sugar or cotton across product ranges or even their whole business. Already at launch nine companies […]

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World Fair Trade Day Plans & Resources Announced for May 2014

Fair Trade Resource Network is delighted to announce plans and resources for World Fair Trade Day in N. America, with events taking place May 3-18, 2014. 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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Fair Trade Schools Campaign Launched in U.S.

Fair Trade Campaigns, a national network of Fair Trade advocates in 170 towns and campuses across the United States, announced its newest campaign – Fair Trade Schools. Mirroring campaigns of Fair Trade Towns, and Fair Trade Colleges & Universities, Fair Trade Schools will empower K-12 students, teachers and staff to raise awareness of Fair Trade […]

FWP Campaign Asks Brands Participating in Fair Trade to Support Fair Trade Policies

Fair World Project, an advocacy program of Organic Consumers Association, is inviting Fair Trade supporters to ask Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Starbucks, and Honest Tea to support fair trade policies in government. With current developments heading towards passage of international free trade deals such as Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), […]

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