Fair Trade is a lot of things: a social justice movement, an alternative business model, a system of global commerce, a tool for international development, a faith-based activity. It means different things to different people. There is no single, regulatory, authoritative body. So, individuals need to explore various models and concepts. Fair Trade’s many definitions do always center around the exchange of goods based on principles of economic and social justice.
All of our products are Fair Trade Certified, which means they:
- Create Opportunities for Economically & Socially Marginalized Producers: Fair Trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation & sustainable development.
- Develop Transparent & Accountable Relationships: Fair Trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent & respectful.
- Build Capacity: Fair Trade is a means to develop producers' independence.
- Promote Fair Trade: Fair Trade encourages an understanding by all participants of their role in world trade.
- Pay Promptly & Fairly: Fair Trade empowers producers to set prices within the framework of the true costs of labor time, materials, sustainable growth & related factors.
- Support Safe & Empowering Working Conditions: Fair Trade means a safe & healthy working environment free of forced labor.
- Ensure the Rights of Children: Fair Trade means that all children have the right to security, education & play.
- Cultivate Environmental Stewardship: Fair Trade seeks to offer current generations the ability to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
- Respect Cultural Identity: Fair Trade celebrates the cultural diversity of communities, while seeking to create positive & equitable change.