Monthly Archives: August 2011

Small Producers Authorize First Certifier to Use New Symbol/Label

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FUNDEPPO, the Foundation of Organized Small Producers, announced this week that they have taken several key steps to implement a seal that identifies Fair Trade products from small producers’ organizations. The seal, or symbol, shown at left, is a central part of FUNDEPPO’s struggle to support small producers’ organizations interested in a fairer and more sustainable world, now increasingly controlled by large scale businesses and values of domination and exploitation. (more…)

FTF Welcomes 3 New Fully Committed Fair Trade Businesses

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The Fair Trade Federation announced that 3 new members, all fully committed to Fair Trade, have joined in the past few months: Chaka Marketbridge (VA) selling handcrafts, Just Fare Market (WI) selling handcrafts and some food/drink, and JUSTA (TN) wholesaling crafts. (more…)

Some Insights Into Assessing the Impacts of Fair Trade for Producers

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On August 4, FTRN produced Webinar 115: Assessing the Impacts of Fair Trade for Producers.   The two panelists were Sarah Lyon, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, and Daniele Giovannucci, Executive Director of Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA).  You can download the 50-min recording, or register for upcoming webinars, at FTRN webinars.

Some of the speakers’ main points from the webinar include comments below. (more…)

A Top Regional Fair Trade Expo Set for Oct 22 in Cleveland

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The annual Ohio Fair Trade Expo will take place on Saturday, October 22nd at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, from 9 AM to 4 PM.  In recent years the event has featured seminars, films, and organizing on Fair Trade. Some highlights of the day this year include:
  • Keynote Speakers Pedro Ascencio (Member of Las Colinas coffee cooperative in El Salvador) and Rink Dickinson (Co-Founder of Equal Exchange) - LEARN MORE !
  • A fair trade marketplace with more than 20 vendors from across the region from 9 AM to 4 PM (there is no admission charge for the marketplace!)
  • A program for Girl Scouts co-sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Girl Scouts that includes the opportunity for scouts to earn a fair trade patch.  Learn more here !
REGISTER for the Expo today and receive a $2.00 discount or become a SPONSOR!

FLO Re-evaluating Its Approach to Workers Rights

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Fairtrade Labelling International (FLO), the dominant certifier of Fair Trade products, recently announced that it is reviewing its approach to hired labor.  FLO says that “Despite our rigorous Standards and certification system, we know that workers can face many subtle or overt barriers to enjoying quality work conditions and to forming or joining a union, even in Fairtrade. That’s why we launched a major programme to deepen Fairtrade’s impact for workers and hired labourers.” (more…)

10-15% Off 2012 Fair Trade Calendar ’til August 12

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Early bird discounts are available until August 12 for wholesale and retail orders of the only Fair Trade wall calendar produced in the US.  The beautiful calendar is produced by FTRN and the Fair Trade Federation for the 3rd straight year. View sample pages of last year’s, 2011 Fair Trade Calendar! Calendars arrive to customers starting in early September. Get 10-15% off by ordering before August 12. (more…)

“Assessing the Impacts of Fair Trade for Producers” – webinar coming August 4

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The next FTRN webinar on key issues in Fair Trade is addressing a topic of paramount importance: “Assessing the Impacts of Fair Trade for Producers.” Gain insights and ask your questions to experts by joining us live on Thursday, August 4, from 1:00-1:50pm eastern. Register for webinar for $5. (more…)