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Largest Annual Fair Trade Event

Since 2002, World Fair Trade Day, coordinated annually by FTRN, has been the largest Fair Trade event in N. America. In 2011, 50,000-70,000 people attended more than 300 local WFTD events. In 2009, FTRN organized N. America”s Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break with over 65,020 participants at over 456 WFTD events, covered by more than 101 media articles.

Key Fair Trade Education Website

FTRN publishes one of the major websites for advancing Fair Trade, with mostly free resources for learning about, connecting with, and discussing Fair Trade. Growing in popularity, the online resource receives over 100,000 visitors per year.

Calendar, Photo Contest, Kid’s Book and Power Point Show

Produced with Fair Trade Federation, the 2012 Fair Trade Calendar is the only Fair Trade wall calendar available in the U.S. Over 2500 people voted in our Fair Trade Photo Contest to determine the winners, featured in the calendar. Created Think Fair Trade First!, one of the few children’s books available about Fair Trade, has sold over 5000 copies. FTRN produced the first-ever, nationally available, free Power Point show that gives an overview of Fair Trade in N. America.

Webinars on Key Issues in the Fair Trade Movement

Launched N. America’s first-ever webinars about Fair Trade and its key issues. FTRN produces the only national, ongoing, live public discussions of key issues in Fair Trade through webinars, seen by over 1000 people in 2011. Our inclusive approach has enabled advocates to interact with diverse panelists such as: the Director of the Small Producers Symbol and Latin America Producer rep on FLO Standards Committee (Jerónimo Pruijn van Engelen); the CEO of Fair Trade USA (Paul Rice); a leading researcher of the impacts of Fair Trade (Danielle Giovannucci); a certification officer of a Dominican Republic banana business (Helen Nicolas); the Fair Trade Organic Coffee Buyer of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Ed Canty); co-founder of Equal Exchange (Jonathan Rosenthal); and, Director of Canaan Fair Trade & Founder of Palestinian Fair Trade Association (Nasser Abufarha). All webinar recordings and notes are free to access.

Fair Trade Movement News

Our web page, Facebook page, RSS feed, and monthly enewsletter summary are ready by thousands of people for the most comprehensive Fair Trade movement news in N America.

Popular Educational Booklet

Produced and distributed over 65,000 copies of the leading Fair Trade primer, An Overview of Fair Trade in North America, a 34-page booklet that introduces Fair Trade to consumers, students and the general public.

Largest Fair Trade Conferences

With 10 partners, FTRN co-organized the Fair Trade Futures Conference, attended by over 762 people in September 2010. With the Fair Trade Federation, hosted the previous largest conference of Fair Trade supporters in N. American history: 750 participants advanced Fair Trade in 2005 in Chicago.

Most Comprehensive Online Catalog of Fair Trade Academic Papers

In partnership with academic Valéry Bezencon since 2008, we have developed the Fair Trade Institute, the world’s largest online collection of research papers and publications about Fair Trade.

Other Educational Resources

FTRN has produced other key resources for learning about Fair Trade, including brochures, film and book reviews,  job listings, and more. See the list at Learn Up.

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