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  • Madagascar vanilla youth

    Vanilla farmers in Madagascar leading against child labor

    18 July 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Vanilla is a labor-intensive crop that requires hand pollination outside of its natural habitat in Central America. It’s also one of the world’s most expensive spices, but that premium price doesn’t translate to decent income for vanilla farmers, which puts many families at risk. In working to improve livelihoods, Fairtrade farmers in Madagascar are confronting child labor and taking their efforts to the national level. 

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  • SDG

    Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals Down A Level

    14 July 2017 by Margot Conover, External Relations Manager

    Business and government leaders will gather in New York on July 18 for the United Nations SDG & Business Forum to discuss how they’ll partner to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030. Fairtrade America will be there bringing the voice of consumers, farmers and workers to the table.


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  • FI Birthday

    Celebrating 20 Years of Fairtrade International

    7 July 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    Fairtrade International recently turned 20! Join us in a look back on what’s been achieved so far, and look forward to building the Fairtrade of the future.

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  • 10 sugar facts

    10 Fairtrade Sugar Facts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

    20 June 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    Did you know June is National Candy Month? While candy and sweets can get a bad reputation for their sugar content, there’s no denying that we all like to indulge in a sweet treat every once in a while. If you’re going to moderate your sugar intake, might we suggest thinking about the impact your favorite candy has on the environment and other people as well as your own body?  Here are ten facts about sugar for you to ponder before your afternoon snack break.  

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  • Conscious Step

    Taking Steps Towards Change

    15 June 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    How often do you think about your socks? Are you the type of person who is lucky if she can find two matching ones as she rushes to get dressed in the morning? Or maybe you use your socks to express yourself, adding a pop of personality to your weekday uniform.

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  • Summer Reading List

    Fairtrade America's Summer 2017 Reading List

    2 June 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    Our staff’s picks for the best reads on coffee, worker’s rights, ethical sourcing, and everything in between. 

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  • bcorps fairtrade

    ‘B’ is for Benefit, Businesses doing Better

    18 May 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager, Fairtrade America

    For many, the only measure of success in business is maximizing profit, but a growing crop of companies is putting social and environmental issues on an equal footing with B Corps and Fairtrade.

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  • climate march

    How to Be a Climate Activist According to Bananas

    17 May 2017 by Margot Conover, Manager of External Relations, Fairtrade America

    Climate got you down? We know climate change can seem like an overwhelming problem! 

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  • Nature's Path sells Fairtrade certified products

    Common Business Questions

    12 May 2017 by Mary Linnell-Simmons - Marketing & Communications Manager at Fairtrade America

    You know what’s great? When someone you work with says, “Hey, we want to help spread the word about that thing you care about.”

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  • Panda flowers

    Leveling the ground for women in Kenya’s flower industry

    10 May 2017 by Fairtrade America

    This Mother’s Day, Fairtrade is proud to celebrate mothers everywhere. Today we shine a spotlight on Rosemary Achieng, a mother of three who is also a supervisor at a Kenyan flower farm. Look for Fairtrade products as you shop for your mother this year!


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  • CFT Potluck

    Picnic Pizza? Celebrate Fairtrade Any Way You Want!

    9 May 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    Deep in the heart of the Windy City, more than 30 ethical business and community members held the largest Fair Trade celebration in the USA! How will you celebrate World Fair Trade Day?

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  • Textile Worker

    Continuing the Conversation: An Interview Nazma Akter

    24 April 2017 by Nazma Akter, garment worker and worker's rights advocate

    While the struggle continues for fair treatment of the workers who make our clothes, there are signs of improvement over the past year. Nazma Akter, a garment worker and founder of the AWAJ Foundation, shares with Fairtrade America.

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  • Coffee farmers set up virtual university in Honduras

    Getting Digi with IT

    17 April 2017 by Mary Linnell-Simmons, Marketing & Communications Manager

    How does Fairtrade change the lives of farmers? Well, coffee farmers set up the first virtual university in Honduras using their Fairtrade Premium.

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  • SCAA Coffee Cupping

    Is Your Coffee Special?

    14 April 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Hints of clove, a syrupy mouthfeel, blueberry notes – the language around coffee is as complex as the beverage. What makes a coffee special?

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  • Fair Trade Clothing Fair Trade Fashion

    5 Minutes for Fair Trade Fashion

    4 April 2017 by Professor Shireen Musa, Fashion Institute of Technology

    Shireen Musa has seen an increase in students at the Fashion Institute of Technology having an interest in fair trade fashion. She’s currently conducting research on this topic and needs your help.

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