Why is Fairtrade needed?
The unfortunate reality is that most trade disproportionately benefits companies near the end of the supply chain rather than the people at the beginning. So farmers growing cocoa, coffee and bananas are often left to subsist on little when big businesses are making money on their hard labor.
How Fairtrade works
Fairtrade puts more money into the hands of farmers and workers through a unique pricing model, sets and monitors rigorous standards at every step of the supply chain, supports producers through local and regional expert networks, and creates demand for ethical goods in countries like the US.
This shift makes a difference
Over the past 30 years, making the terms of trade more fair has had a tangible impact on farming communities around the world.
$1+ billion is the amount Fairtrade farmers and workers have earned in Premium since 2016.
$120,000 is the average amount each Fairtrade producer organization receives in Fairtrade Premium.
41% of small-scale producer organizations invest their Premium in services to members like new farming equipment and direct payments.
70%+ of Fairtrade farmers have diversified their income.
How can you get involved?
You are learning about Fairtrade during an exciting time because we are currently celebrating Fair Trade Month! Throughout October we will be highlighting the farmers behind your food through artwork and storytelling and celebrating brands that have prioritized ethical sourcing through giveaways!