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October isn’t just about ghouls and goblins – it’s also about fairness for farmers.
Global sales of Fairtrade products rose by 8 percent to nearly $9.2 billion in 2017, generating Fairtrade Premiums of more than $193 million for farmers’ and workers’ organizations. The US now ranks as the third largest market for Fairtrade goods behind the United Kingdom and Germany. Retail sales in the US topped $1 billion.
Hans Theyer visited one of Coliman’s banana farms in Colima, Mexico, in Autumn 2016. Fairtrade America works with companies such as this to adhere to the strict Fairtrade standards that help workers get a better deal. By following these standards, Coliman is proud to use the Fairtrade Mark sticker on their bananas. Hans recounts his trip to their farm and what he sees as the future for Fairtrade.
New research from the Walk Free Foundation estimates that more than 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery. Ending modern slavery, which affects all countries around the globe, requires a concerted effort of governments, advocacy organizations, businesses, and individuals. Learn about simple steps you can take to contribute to a solution.
World Chocolate Day isn’t just a day to indulge in your favorite treat – it’s also an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of cocoa farmers.
What do you think of when you hear the words “good coffee”? Maybe you think of the geography where coffee is grown, under shade at high altitudes in countries like Guatemala, Ethiopia or Colombia. Or maybe it's the preparation you love – a mocha one day, a cup from a French press the next. Well, when I think about “good coffee,” I think of Ethical Bean, a 100% Fairtrade certified coffee roaster from Vancouver, BC that lives up to its name as an ethical business and will always #Stand4Fairness.
Interest in sustainable fashion is booming as the Fashion Revolution sweeps the globe, but don’t forget about the small-scale cotton farmers at the beginning of most supply chains.
International Fairtrade Day is now less than a month away on May 12, and we here at Fairtrade America are getting ready to celebrate and #Stand4Fairness by highlighting some of our favorite partners. This week, we’re being inspired by Divine Chocolate, a company that has been making superb chocolate and empowering women for over two decades.
It’s time again for the world’s biggest Fairtrade celebration!