Monthly Archives: January 2012

Executive Director of Fairtrade Canada Steps Down


After six years in the position, Rob Clarke has resigned his position as Executive Director of Fairtrade Canada, effective January 25, 2012. Fairtrade Canada will soon begin a recruitment process for a new Executive Director, while the organization’s management team continues to handle operational matters in the interim.

At lot of change has come to Fair Trade in the past year, including the departures of each leader at Fairtrade International (FLO), Fairtrade Canada, Ten Thousand Villages Canada, and Ten Thousand Villages USA. The movement is also evolving through the monumental change of Fair Trade USA having left FLO January 1, 2012. Fairtrade Canada has been administering FLO’s activities in the U.S. on an interim basis since the split.

See full press release from Fairtrade Canada

“Should Unorganized Farmers Should Participate in Fair Trade?” Webinar Coming Jan 31


Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN) announces that Webinar #120 is coming January 31 to help inform a major issue in Fair Trade’s direction, “Should Unorganized Farmers Be Included in Fair Trade?” The webinar is for the public to discuss implications and ask questions to 2 panelists:

Rodney North, Equal Exchange, The Answer Man – Information for the Public & Media
Michael Sheridan, Catholic Relief Services, Director of the Borderlands Coffee Project (based in Ecuador)

See more details below.

Register for Webinar #120


FTUSA Revises Multi-Ingredient Product Policy


Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) today announced a revised policy for its multi-ingredient label use. Under the revised Ingredients Policy, which applies to all food and personal care products, only products that contain 100 percent Fair Trade Certified ingredients may bear the full Fair Trade Certified label. Products containing at least 20 percent Fair Trade Certified ingredients will now bear a new Fair Trade Certified Ingredients label. The public has 60 days to make comments to FTUSA about the new policy.

FTUSA also unveiled a new label for Fair Trade Certified products.

More at FTUSA Revised Multi-Ingredient Policy press release

Campaign to End Inappropriate Child Labor in Cocoa Seeks Correction to U.S. Executive Order


A coalition to end child slavery on West African cocoa farms, Slave Free Chocolate, has launched a campaign to correct U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order (EO) 13126: “Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor”, signed on June 12, 1999.   Currently, the EO addresses inappropriate cocoa from Cote d’ Ivoire and Nigeria, but not chocolate made with such cocoa. For this EO to have any effect at all the campaign asks that the words “and its derivative products” be included when referencing such cocoa.

Learn more and join the campaign at Executive Order 13126 Valentine’s Campaign

Online Map of Where to Buy Fair Trade Products Launched


Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN) & Survivors Connect (SC) announce the launch of iSpotFairTrade, a web-based map that allows anyone to identify where Fair Trade goods are bought and sold throughout the United States and Canada! iSpotFairTrade is crowd-sourced, so anyone can post information on the interactive maps about products associated with any of the widely accepted recognition/certification systems. (more…)

50% Off 2012 Fair Trade Calendar


50% discounts are available while supplies last for orders of the only Fair Trade wall calendar produced in the US. The beautiful calendar, now only $4.95,  is produced by FTRN and the Fair Trade Federation for the 3rd straight year. View a PDF file of the 2012 Fair Trade Calendar!

Get 50% off by ordering now. (more…)

Some Insights Into What FTUSA Leaving FLO Means for Producers & the Movement – According to a FLO Leader


On December 16, FTRN produced Webinar 119: A Community Discussion of What FTUSA Leaving FLO Means for Producers and the Movement-Part 3 with a FLO Leader.  The panelist was John Kay, Chair of Fairtrade Canada and FLO Board Member, and moderator was Jeff Goldman, Executive Director of Fair Trade Resource Network. Part 4 with both FTUSA and FLO or other stakeholders, is expected in coming weeks. You can download the 50-min recording of webinar 119, or register for upcoming webinars, at FTRN webinars.

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