Fair Trade is...

  • Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers to alleviate poverty through sustainable community development through the investment of Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects.
  • Dealing fairly and respectfully with trading partners by means of transparent management and direct commercial relations between producers in the global South and buyers in the global North.
  • Developming farmers´ independance by supporting democratic cooperatives, improving business management skills, and increasing direct access to new markets
  • Purchasing products at a gaurenteed minimum fair price, which has been agreed upon through dialogue and participation. A price that covers the costs of production and provides fair pay, in the local context, to all producers for their labor. Women and men receive equal pay for equal work, regardless of their gender.
  • Creating a safe and healthy working environment for producers by ensuring that production is socially just. Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
  • Encouraging better environmental practicies and the application of responsible methods of production. Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibitied and farmers are paid additional premiums for certified organic products.

Photo Donation: Bridget O´Brien and Matt Kadey