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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 […]

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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Fairtrade International Makes Major Changes to Strengthen Hired Worker Standards

Fairtrade International has overhauled its Fairtrade Standard for Hired Labor to strengthen the position of workers in Fairtrade certified plantations and estates producing tea, bananas and other fruit, cut flowers, herbs, vegetables and sports ball factories. The newly revised standard includes detailed requirements to guarantee workers’ right to freely organize and collectively bargain. Certified producer […]

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Canada Fair Trade Movement Strengthens Its Organization at Annual Conference

The Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) continued its inspiring developments in organizing and collaborating across the country’s Fair Trade community. The 2014 CFTN National Conference brought over 100 people together for 3 days in January in Toronto. Attendees focused on: sharing business perspectives in fair trade; bringing together key advocates, business representatives, academics, students and […]

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Certification Comparison Tool Published by FWP

An online tool was recently published to compare some aspects of certification programs for Fair Trade and ecosocial labels in the U.S. and Canada markets. The tool, published by Fair World Project (FWP), a program of Organic Consumers Association, currently compares 6 certifications across 8 criteria. The tool presents both objective factors as well as […]

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Fair Trade Minimum Price for Coffee Again Benefiting Farmers

One of the key benefits of Fair Trade is to guarantee producers a minimum floor price when global commodity prices drop. In some years, when commodity prices are high, this benefit is more psychological rather than material. This year for coffee farmers, the benefit is again material and very important. The small scale farmers that […]

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Fair Trade Month 2013 Advocacy Resources Offered by Several Organizations & Campaigns

Every October in the U.S. is Fair Trade Month! The resources below can help you spread awareness of Fair Trade, attend an existing event, or host your own event. Get free Fair Trade products Use free educational materials Be part of a national campaign Gain publicity for your organization or store from Fair Trade Resource […]

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Free Materials & Products Available for Fair Trade Month Celebrations

Fair Trade Resource Network and Fairtrade America invite the public to celebrate National Fair Trade Month this October, as we raise awareness and encourage more people to enjoy Fair Trade products in their daily lives. In doing so, we all support many families to have better living standards.  Fairtrade America and Fair Trade Resource Network […]

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FLO Releases Annual Report for 2012-13

Fairtrade International (FLO), the largest certifier of Fair Trade products worldwide, just released its 2012-13 Annual Report. The 20-page report is one of the best sources of global statistics on producer organizations, smallholder and worker representation, retail sales by country and product type, and more. This edition is the first such FLO annual report that […]

Winners Announced for the 5th Annual Photo Contest

See the beautiful winners of the 5th annual Fair Trade Photo Contest. The 12 winning photos will be featured in the 2014 Fair Trade Calendar. The photos were submitted by the public, and voted on by the public, during June-July 2013. Get 10-15% off low prices by ordering the 2014 Fair Trade Calendar before July […]

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