Monthly Archives: July 2012

FLO Announces New CEO & Board Chair

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Fairtrade International (FLO), the dominant certifier of Fair Trade goods worldwide, announced key leadership changes this past week. Harriet Lamb is the new Chief Executive, after more than 10 years as Executive Director of the UK Fairtrade Foundation.  She will begin her new role with Fairtrade International by 1 October 2012.

Molly Harriss Olson in Australia was elected Board Chair for FLO. Molly is Director of Eco Futures, an Australian-based international policy firm working on building sustainable strategies with business, government and civic leaders. She is Co-Founder of Earthmark and the Founder of the National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development. She serves on the Boards of the Green Building Council of Australia, and is Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of Ecos Magazine.

FLO also welcomes Marike de Peña as Board Vice Chair. This is the first time that a producer representative has served at such a high level on the Board. Marike de Peña is Vice President of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Producer Organizations (CLAC).  She is Director of Banelino, a banana co-operative in the Dominican Republic.

More on new CEO Harriet Lamb at FLO post

More on new FLO Board Chair & members at FLO post

Trade Standard Draft of FTUSA Open for Public Comment Through August 3

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Fair Trade USA’s Draft Trade Standard covers the supply chain partners  that buy and sell Fair Trade Certified products sourced from producers certified by Fair Trade USA approved certifiers (Scientific Certification Systems and FLO CERT). The objective of the Draft Trade Standard is to ensure that traders help enable the social and economic development of Fair Trade producers. Additionally, the Trade Standard comprises requirements about the handling and commercialization of the Fair Trade Certified products in order to ensure that the consumer can trust that her/ his purchase of the labeled Fair Trade product has the benefit that she/he intended.

Public comments can be submitted in English, Spanish or Portuguese through August 3, 2012. FTUSA intends to publish its final Trade Standard in spring 2013.

More at Fair Trade USA Standards

Group of Stakeholders Threaten to End Recognition of FTUSA as Fair Trade Certifier

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A group of 38 stakeholders is threatening to stop considering Fair Trade USA (FTUSA), and its Fair Trade Certified product label, as a valid certifier and Fair Trade certification, unless significant changes are made to FTUSA’s practices. In an open letter to FTUSA, the signatories also invite other organizations to sign on.

The letter begins with “We, committed fair trade stakeholders, have been disappointed by the historic actions of Fair Trade USA (FTUSA), especially in recent months, to the point that we can no longer consider FTUSA a valid fair trade certifier and partner without significant changes to its practices. The undersigned have outlined the most important actions that contradict fair trade principles and what FTUSA can do by specific times, to gain credibility and support again in the Fair Trade movement and marketplace.”

The letter asks FTUSA to take 2 actions: propose a new governance structure and process by September 1 for public comment; immediately cease plans to open up coffee certification on large-scale operations.

More at Open Letter to FTUSA

FTF Welcomes 3 New Members as Fully Committed 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 couple of months:

Fair Trade Judaica is committed to introducing Fair trade and Fair trade products to the Jewish community.  www.fairtradejudaica.org

five ACCESSORIES sells beautiful handbags and accessories created in Cambodia from re-purposed mosquito & construction netting. www.fiveaccessories.com

From The Earth markets olive wood jewelry and home accessories, as well as greeting cards and soaps, all made by cooperatives in Jordan. www.ftehome.com

Fair Trade Federation, the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to Fair Trade, counts around 250 members in the U.S. and Canada.