Monthly Archives: July 2011

“Fair for Life” Certification Institutes Policy Against Fair-Washing


In order to prevent companies from inappropriately using “Fair for Life” certification, the Institute for Marketecology (IMO) has launched a new policy against fair-washing. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no company is certified according to “Fair for Life” and related standards if that company has other branches, subsidiaries, parent companies, or other dependent units that seriously violate human rights, fundamental worker rights, or other social responsibility obligations. (more…)

FLO & Coffee Producers Take Actions to Overcome Challenges in Market


Reacting to turmoil in coffee markets over the past two years, Fairtrade International (FLO) has sponsored several actions as part of a Coffee Action Plan introduced in November 2010. As of June, various partners in the Fairtrade system have provided risk management and contract negotiation training to 70 percent of the cooperatives in Bolivia, 50 percent of cooperatives in Peru, and has plans to conduct further trainings in Indonesia, Colombia and East Africa in the fall. (more…)

Fair Trade Photo Contest Winners Announced


See the beautiful winners of the third annual Fair Trade Photo Contest.  The 12 winning photos will be featured in the 2012 Fair Trade Calendar. Over 2500 people voted for their favorites among the 78 entries!

Fair Trade Somewhat Represented at Major Specialty Food Trade Show


North America’s largest specialty food & beverage event, the Summer Fancy Food Show, took place in Washington, DC, July 10-12. Four committed Fair Trade brands exhibited their wares: Canaan Fair Trade, Divine Chocolate, Equal Exchange, and Theo Chocolate. Another 9 companies sold some products that are certified Fair Trade. For comparison, around 100 companies selling certified Fair Trade products typically exhibit at Natural Products Expo East or West, and the Specialty Coffee Association of America trade show. (more…)

Stellar Wines Seeks to Switch Certification from FLO to IMO


One of the few Fair Trade wine brands, Stellar Organics, is seeking to switch its certification from FLO “Fair Trade Certified” to IMO “Fair for Life Social & Fairtrade”. Wine producers Emiliana and Miguel Torres in Chile have already been certified “Fair for Life Social & Fairtrade”. Apparently Stellar found IMO’s certification more flexible and more cost-effective, despite great help from FLO over the years. More details in The Drinks Business article.

Fair Trade Gold Limited But Now Available in US


by Larry Bohlen

The newest Fair Trade standard, gold and associated precious metals, made its debut a little more than a year ago. It promises to improve social and environmental conditions for millions of small and artisanal gold miners around the world.

Brilliant Earth, the California-based ethical jeweler was one of the first to offer jewelry made with Fair Trade gold to U.S. customers. The gold is from Oro Verde, one of the first mines to be certified.


Fair Trade Towns & Universities National Conference Planned for Sept 9-11 in Philadelphia


Around 200 Fair Trade advocates are expected to attend the first ever Fair Trade Towns & Universities National Conference, planned for September 9-11, 2011, in Philadelphia. The conference will bring together Fair Trade campaign organizers who are promoting and advancing Fair Trade in their communities and on campuses across the country.

This September, organizers, activists, faculty and students will come together to share experiences and resources, sharpen skills, and build momentum for Fair Trade. Registration is free, and stipends are available for travel and accommodations.

For details on the conference program, scholarships, lodging, and volunteer opportunities, visit Fair Trade Towns USA.

Fair Trade Youth Camp in Italy Welcomes Applicants Ages 18-30


The Italian Association of World Shops (Associazione Botteghe del Mondo), a coordination body and a network of more than 200 world shops in Italy, is organizing from 22nd September to 4th October 2011 in Reggio Emilia, Italy the «Tuttounaltrocampo», the 5th International Youth Meeting/Camp on Fair Trade. Around 20 youths, aged 18-30, will gain training and networking in Fair Trade.

See more details at Fair Trade Youth Camp in Italy. Youths aged 18-30 are welcome to apply, or request more information, at