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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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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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NY Times: U.S. Gov Apparel Procurement Follows Pattern of Legal Violations & Harsh Labor Conditions

A major New York Times front-page investigative story published this week exposes a pattern of legal violations and harsh working conditions at US government apparel suppliers in developing countries. It also shows that the US government is relying on Walmart audits that are hiding life-threatening hazards in supplier factories. Labor rights advocates and Fair Trade […]

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Advocates Oppose TPP Fast Track Bill Expected in Congress in January

United Students for Fair Trade is helping allies oppose the injustices and secrecy of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal, and its potential Fast Track process: The good news: TPP negotiations in Singapore last week didn’t get as far as they hoped. That means they missed their third deadline for completing this agreement–this is […]

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Small Producer Symbol Expands & Diversifies Program

The Small Producer Symbol (SPP), a producer-led and owned Fair Trade certification system based in Latin America focusing on small producers, has in recent months expanded into more countries, coops and product categories. SPP announced its first organization registration in Germany, which will enable consumers there to become aware of the innovative certification. So far, […]

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“Fair Tuesday” Initiative Inspires Ethical Holiday Shopping

#FairTuesday is an ethical shopping initiative created in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The goal of #FairTuesday is to inspire conscious consumerism. “Fair Tuesday” features Fair Trade and eco-friendly brands, and is inviting other businesses to take a step towards sustainability. Whether you are an individual, organization, or a member of the press, you can join the […]

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