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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Small Producers Symbol Plans Conference, Gains Supporters


The Small Producers Symbol, a Fair Trade certification & product label launched in recent years by the major Fair Trade producer association worldwide, Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Fair Trade Producers (CLAC), announced news this week about its conference in Ecuador November 23-24, and its new producer, buyer and certification participants.

Reported by Small Producers Symbol enewsletter in September: (more…)

Africa Fairtrade Convention Planned for Nov 1-5 in Ethiopia


Fairtrade Africa, the association of producers participating in Fairtrade International’s  (FLO) system in Africa, is organizing a convention themed to strengthen African producers role in the value chain. The convention is scheduled for November 1-5, 2012, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The program will feature a Fairtrade Africa Forum, Fairtrade & Organic Expo, Producer training workshops, and field visits. Over 200 participants are expected to attend, including small-scale farmers and workers from across Africa, international traders, policy makers, NGOs, microfinance organizations and Fair Trade stakeholders.

Details at Fairtrade Africa 2012 Convention

Canadian Businesses Awarded for Commitment to Fairtrade


The first annual Canadian Fairtrade Awards were presented to seven Canadian retail and food service businesses last week in recognition of their ongoing commitment to Fair Trade. An independent panel of judges assessed self-selected nominees on a variety of criteria, including range of products offered; promotion, education and engagement; and vision, mission, and values. This year’s winners are:

  • Federated Co-operatives Limited, for Grocery/Supermarket – Large national or regional chain
  • Choices Markets, for Grocery/Supermarket – Small to medium independent
  • Van Houtte, for Café/Restaurant/Food Service Provider – Large national or regional chain
  • Kicking Horse Café, for Café/Restaurant/Food Service Provider – Small to medium independent
  • Camino (by La Siembra), for Co-operative
  • The Big Carrot, for Natural/Health Food Store
  • Manitoba Liquor Marts (MLCC), for Provincial Liquor Board

An additional award was presented to Just Us! Coffee, deemed “Canada’s Favourite Fairtrade Certified Product” by nearly 5,000 Canadians who voted during Fairtrade Fortnight, an annual two-week blitz promoting all things Fair Trade, which takes place during May 1-15.

More at Fairtrade Canada post

NARB Recommends FTUSA Modify Composite-Products Seal to Better Inform Consumers of ‘Fair-Trade’ Sourced Content


From ASRC press release:

A National Advertising Review Board (NARB) panel has recommended that Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) – formerly TransFair – require users of the organization’s “Fair Trade Certified” seal for composite products to provide additional information to consumers.

NARB is the appellate unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation. It is administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus… The “identification of fair trade sourced ingredients on the ingredients panel, which normally appears on the back or side of the packaging, is not enough to overcome or qualify the implied message of significance conveyed on the front of the package,” the panel stated… Further, the panel recommended that Fair Trade USA qualify the seal’s message by indicating the relative percentage by weight of ingredients that are fair trade sourced in order to convey an accurate message to consumers…

FTUSA stated that it “respects the decision of the panel and agrees that any implied messages must be determined in the context of the entire product packaging.  As part of its ongoing review process, FTUSA intends to follow the recommendations of NARB in order to further strengthen the FTUSA multiple ingredients product policy.”

See rest of ASRC press release

See Fair World Project response

Fairtrade International USA Recruiting Exec. Dir. & Board Members


Fairtrade International USA, the newly registered 501(C)(3) organization representing the global Fairtrade certification system (FLO) in the USA,  has begun recruiting an Executive Director & Board Members for its U.S. organization.

Click here to review the calls for Board Members and the Executive Director. The calls include details about board composition, the nominations committee and recruitment process. Applications will be accepted through October 20th at

FTF Publishes Fall Trends Guide


Fair Trade Federation (FTF) has published a Fall Trends Guide.  FTF members, fully dedicated to Fair Trade, present some of the hottest trends in Fair Trade products this season. Natural elements, soft textures, and modern shapes dominate the landscape this fall.

More at FTF Fall Trends Guide

“Raise the Bar Hershey” Campaign Organizes Natural Food Stores to Pressure Hershey & Asks Whole Foods to Join


Reported by Green America:

This August, a coalition of US consumer-owned grocer cooperatives and natural food retailers took a stand: In response to the organizing work of our Fair Trade Program, they signed a letter to Hershey demanding a fair supply chain.

However, one major national chain — one with a reputation for carrying wholesome foods — was a notable hold-out. Whole Foods refused to sign on to the appeal to Hershey.

Tell Whole Foods to push Hershey toward a fairer supply chain (more…)

2013 Fair Trade Calendar Now Shipping at Wholesale Prices


The 2013 Fair Trade Calendar is the only one available in N. America. In its 4th year, the full color 13.5″ x 9.5″ calendar is stunning & educational. Just $6.00-$7.50 per copy.

See a PDF file of 2013 Fair Trade Calendar

Features the winning photos of Fair Trade producers from the Fair Trade Photo Contest, voted on by supporters of the Fair Trade movement.

Order the calendar

“Go Bananas for Fair Trade” Campaign Launched


By Fair Trade Towns USA:

Presented by Fair Trade Towns USA, the Go Bananas for Fair Trade web page and toolkit will help you identify where Fair Trade bananas are available in your community and, if not, how to build the strategic relationships and consumer demand needed for local supermarkets to commit to Fair Trade bananas.  Join the Go Bananas for Fair Trade initiative this October as the national celebration for Fair Trade bananas begins! (more…)

Initiative to Organize the N. America Fair Trade Movement Announces Next Steps


An initiative that started in late 2010 to organize and strengthen the Fair Trade movement in N. America, has announced next steps. Initially known as the N. America Fair Trade Stakeholder Council, the effort has changed its name to The Fair and Alternative Trade Alliance (FATA). FATA is now welcoming additional members as it creates a vision for the international Fair Trade movement, as well as a vision for the domestic Fair Trade movement. FATA will then propose ways the 2 movements can collaborate on common interests, and support each other on divergent interests. (more…)