Monthly Archives: February 2012

FTF Conference Early Bird Rates End March 1

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Fair Trade Federation is hosting its annual conference in Bellevue, Washington, May 21-23. Early bird rates of $50 off end March 1 for the gathering that offers:

• Networking with other fair trade stakeholders
• Sessions and workshops featuring expert speakers focused on building fair trade businesses and the movement as a whole
• Delicious fair trade snacks from Equal Exchange and Andean Dream
• Expanded Fair Trade Expo– an opportunity for wholesalers to display products and connect with retailers

More information at FTF Conference

Some Insights Into “Should Hired Labor Plantations Be Included in Fair Trade?”

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On February 14, FTRN produced Webinar 121: “Should Hired Labor Plantations Be Included in Fair Trade?”. The 2 panelists were Ed Canty, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Fair Trade Organic Coffee Buyer; and Rodney North, Equal Exchange, The Answer Man – Information for the Public & Media. You can download the 50-min recording of webinar 121, or register for upcoming webinars, at FTRN webinars.

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

Free Fair Trade Products Available for WFTD Events

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Fair Trade Resource Network and World Fair Trade Day sponsors have some more free product offers to motivate you to get organized for WFTD 2012. Soaps, chocolates, nut butters, T-shirts, postcards and stickers are only available while supplies last.

Post your event on the Events Calendar to get instructions for ordering free & discounted goodies.

See all special offers, and other WFTD planning & education resources, at WFTD Toolkit.

We will continue to post WFTD updates on our website and in our monthly e-newsletter.

Campaign to Support Small-Farmer Centered Fair Trade Gains Over 2000 Public Supporters

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In January 2012, Equal Exchange launched an online campaign to “ask companies, organizations and consumers to choose authentic, small farmer-centered Fair Trade.” The online campaign has received over 2300 public supporters as of February 14, 2012.

The campaign states that “It is time to reaffirm our commitment to the authentic Fair Trade movement that we have collectively built for 25 years in which small farmer co-operatives play a central and vital role. The corporate, plantation model put forth by TransFair/Fair Trade USA is not Fair Trade.”

The campaign is in part a response to the major event from fall 2011, when Fair Trade USA announced it was splitting from Fair Trade International (FLO), and beginning to allow hired labor plantations and independent farmers (not organized into coops) into its Fair Trade Certified system in products like coffee, cocoa and more. Fair Trade USA has posted a list of public supporters for its new plan, Fair Trade for All, on the Fair Trade for All “Call to Action” page.

See Equal Exchange’s online campaign

Princeton Becomes 26th Fair Trade Town in US

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Fair Trade Princeton declared in the end of December as the 26th Fair Trade Town in the U.S. and 5th in New Jersey. That makes New Jersey back on top with the most declared towns of any state. Camila Tellez, then only 14, of Princeton Township started the campaign in 2010. She was captivated by the notion that Fair Trade is not a donation. It’s trade, not aid.

Some Insights Into “Should Unorganized Farmers be Included in Fair Trade?”

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On January 31, FTRN produced Webinar 120: “Should Unorganized Farmers Be Included in Fair Trade?”.  The 2 panelists were Rodney North, Equal Exchange, The Answer Man – Information for the Public & Media; and Michael Sheridan, Catholic Relief Services, Director of the Borderlands Coffee Project (based in Ecuador). You can download the 50-min recording of webinar 120, or register for upcoming webinars, at FTRN webinars.

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

“Best in Fair Trade” Awards Open for Nominations Thru March 31

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Fair Trade Resource Network has launched “Best in Fair Trade” Awards for N. America nonprofits & businesses. The public can nominate (by March 31), and vote, for U.S. & Canada organizations doing exemplary work in Fair Trade in 5 categories: Most positive change in a producer community; Outstanding long-term commitment to producers; Best support of the Fair Trade movement; Most effective public education program; Most effective advocacy for trade policy reform.

FTRN created the contest since no awards existed to honor organizations across all major Fair Trade recognitions. Winners will be celebrated during World Fair Trade Day in May!

Nominate, or self-nominate, nonprofits and businesses before March 31. The public will then vote for any finalists during April.

More at “Best in Fair Trade” Awards

“Should Hired Labor Plantations Be Included in Fair Trade?” Webinar Coming February 14

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Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN) announces that Webinar #121 is coming February 14 to help inform a major issue in Fair Trade’s direction, “Should Hired Labor Plantations Be Included in Fair Trade?” The webinar is for the public to discuss implications and ask questions to 2 panelists:

– Ed Canty, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Fair Trade Organic Coffee Buyer
– Rodney North, Equal Exchange, The Answer Man – Information for the Public & Media

See more details below.

Register for Webinar #121

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World Fair Trade Day Plans & Resources Announced for May 2012

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Fair Trade Resource Network is delighted to announce plans and resources for World Fair Trade Day in N. America, with events taking place May 6-20, 2012. Download the free World Fair Trade Day Activities Guide for tips, ideas, and resources!  You can also order WFTD promotional stickers and postcards, and Fair Trade products – free of charge – at www.ftrn.org/wftd.

Across N. America, advocates are inspiring around 100,000 people to participate in Fair Trade events from May 6-20. Please join us in supporting the largest Fair Trade event in N. America each year, and in celebrating the “Best in Fair Trade” Award winners. With over 1,000,000 producers around the world already benefiting from Fair Trade, it’s time to raise our voices and vote with our dollars until all trade is fair! This year, individuals as well as organizations will host hundreds of events to celebrate Fair Trade.

We invite you to host WFTD events during May 6-20 – including Fair Trade festivals, fashion shows, speeches, food and drink tastings, film showings, sports games, neighborhood crawls, spa nights and concerts and much more – to promote Fair Trade and campaign for trade justice together with farmers and artisans around the world.

More at WFTD