March 18, 2015

Is Fair Trade Worth It?

In a word, yes. Fair Trade benefits more than 1.2 million farming families in 70 developing countries.

Ok, but what is it? Fair trade certified products are based on six key principles to benefit the farmers and workers, their communities, and the environment:

  • Fair prices- at least the market price, more if the product is organic.
  • Fair working conditions - safe working conditions and fair wages.
  • Direct trade - importers purchase directly from farming groups as much as possible, eliminating the middle man and empowering the farmers to develop business skills.
  • Democratic organizations- fair trade farmers and workers decide how money is spent in the community.
  • Community development - the farmer organizations invest money back into the community for projects such as schools, leadership training, organic certification.
  • Environmental sustainability - agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited. 
For more information on Fair Trade practices and to find companies that are Fair Trade USA certified, visit the Fair Trade USA website.