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The most popular fruit in the United States, bananas are grown by millions of small-scale farmers and plantation workers in tropical regions facing issues that threaten their livelihoods, including low wages, the severe impact of climate change and occupational hazards. Bananas carrying the Fairtrade America mark on their sticker have been produced by cooperatives or organizations that meet specified social, economic and environmental standards.
Child labor remains a serious concern in cocoa farming due to desperation stemming from low prices paid to producers in developing countries. Fairtrade America enforces the strictest economic, social and environmental criteria available of any fair trade certifier, including the most rigorous scrutiny on child labor. Your Fairtrade chocolate is extra sweet because when companies use Fairtrade ingredients, small-scale farmers are better able to achieve dignified livelihoods that don’t force them to resort to exploitative child labor.
The coffee industry is in crisis. The price of cofee has hovered around $1/pound in recent years, which is less than it costs to grow. This inequality jeopardizes the livelihoods of millions of small-scale growers around the world. On top of that, coffee farmers are actively experiencing the negative effects of climate change in the form of altered and diminishing harvests, plant diseases and changing weather patterns.
Fairtrade is collaborating directly with farmers not only to ensure they get a sustainable and fair price, but also to make sure they can adapt to the changing environment.
Look Good, Feel Good
That $3 t-shirt costs more than meets the eye, including slavery and environmental pollution to produce clothing at such a low cost. Purchase pieces made with fair trade certified cotton to ensure farmers are paid a fair price that enables them to invest in their communities and protect their local environment.
Big commitment, incredible brands
Over 80 brands in the US have stepped up for (and with!) farmers and workers through fair trade. These brands fight for human rights, promote gender equality, combat child labor and prioritize climate resilience.
Endangered Species Chocolate
"Endangered Species Chocolate is committed to crafting delicious premium chocolate while supporting species, habitat, and humanity." - Curt Vander Meer, CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate
Ben & Jerry's
Fairtrade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie. The whole concept of Fairtrade goes to the heart of our values and the sense of right and wrong. Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting somebody else.
I started at Divine 20 years ago so of course there are many things that I know now that it would have been useful to know then. Knowing that Fairtrade would become so mainstream would have been very reassuring - as we were doing something very bold and taking a leap of faith. - Sophi Tranchell, CEO of Divine Chocolate
Conscious Step believes they have a responsibility to create clothing that makes you feel good about what you wear. The source 100% Fairtrade and Organic cotton. These values have aligned them with a growing base of conscious consumers, igniting global expansion.
“Tony’s Chocolonely has a big mission: to make 100% slave free the norm in chocolate. We can’t do it alone, which is why our partnership with Fairtrade is that much more important." - Dena, Former US Marketing Manager at Tony's Chocolonely