Fair Trade Principles

Are Free Trade and Fair Trade The Same?

Many people seem to think free trade and fair trade are interchangeable phrases.  But they’re two very different concepts that can be hard to explain. The Fair Trade Federation has created this brief overview of these two  complex topics.

Prompt and Fair Pay–Fair Trade Principle #5

There’s more to fair pay than simply handing a worker their fair wages.

Promoting Fair Trade-Principle #4

Promoting Fair Trade-Principle #4

  Do you ever wonder what it means if something is fair trade?  That’s the question the fourth fair trade principle was created to answer. Any business that sells fair trade products, whether food, fashion, or home accessories, is tasked with the job of not only answering that question but also spreading the word about fair […]

How I Became A Fair Trade Federation Member

How I Became A Fair Trade Federation Member

When you visit my web site, do you ever notice the logo on the left? You might pass over it without much thought and move on to the joy of shopping. But behind that logo is a guarantee that my business has passed a rigorous screening process that ensures it’s in full compliance with the 9 […]

8 Things That Can Happen When You Buy Fair Trade

Whether you do so consciously or not, when you purchase a fair trade product you’re making a statement that the poor should get to participate fully in and benefit from global trade. But if you want to know more specifically how your purchase makes a difference, at least one of these eight things happen when you buy fair […]

Building Relationships=Building Capacity: Fair Trade Principle #3

Building Relationships=Building Capacity: Fair Trade Principle #3

 When you hear the term build capacity, you probably think about companies building new factories to increase production.  In the fair trade world, building capacity encompasses a completely different approach. Its aim is to develop the independence of the producers who grow and create fair trade products. The fair trade community, both business owners and […]

Transparency and Accountability: Fair Trade Principle #2

Honesty and integrity are key in all aspects of the fair trade supply chain.