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Updates on key events involving the Fair Trade movement.

FTRN to Close at End of May

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The staff and Board announce that Fair Trade Resource Network will be shutting down as of May 31, 2014. While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to advance Fair Trade from our own organization, we commit to supporting Fair Trade through other organizations and activities. We are proud of all that FTRN has accomplished over 15 years, in partnership with you, allied organizations, and thousands of individuals.

The main reason we are closing is that FTRN has been unable to attract sustainable funding. A relatively small movement has become quite fragmented in recent years, making it very difficult to sustain an inclusive, umbrella Fair Trade education & advocacy organization. We hope that by closing, we free up resources, and space, for Fair Trade interests to reassess, strengthen and grow.

We are proud of the work that FTRN has done over the years to provide resources to the movement and support all systems in Fair Trade. Along with other partners, we have seen growth and diversification in Fair Trade. We appreciate the support and advocacy of all of our supporters and want to encourage all of you to stay engaged with the movement. To that point, below is a list of organizations, active in Fair Trade education and advocacy, that we recommend you follow, or participate with, to continue the mission of making Fair Trade the rule rather than the exception.

Canadian Fair Trade Network

Catholic Relief Services and other faith-based organizations

Fair Trade Campaigns

Fair Trade Federation

Fair World Project

Green America

Certifiers (Fair Trade USA, Fairtrade America, Fair for Life, etc.)

FTRN, in partnership with tens of thousands of individuals, and hundreds of organizations, has achieved a lot with little resources, including:

–          Coordinating and supporting World Fair Trade Day events that have grown to include over 100,000 people at over 1000 events across N. America.

–          Building the premiere website, FTRN.org, for inclusive Fair Trade education, with unique visitors increasing every year to around 100,000.

–          Co-hosting with partners all major movement conferences and summits in the U.S., like Fair Trade Futures (over 750 people in 2011 and 2006), and the Fair & Alternative Trade Alliance Summit in 2012 (with 50 leaders attending).

–          Creating unique educational resources, like the annual wall calendar, photo contest, webinars about key issues, a definitive booklet overview of Fair Trade, the only free Power Point show overview, and more, all used by thousands of people.

We will attempt to pass along any interesting materials and assets to partner organizations.

We accomplished these successes with critical support, partnership, funding and participation of businesses, nonprofits, certifiers, faith groups, students, academics and individual advocates. We wholeheartedly extend our deep appreciation for those people who teamed up with FTRN over the years.

Fair Trade remains a deeply inspiring concept. Let’s commit ourselves to further advancing Fair Trade principles in other ways, for the benefit of marginalized producers!

World Fair Trade Day Plans & Resources Announced for May 2014

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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 3-18, 2014. 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 3-18. Please join us in supporting the largest Fair Trade event in N. America each year. With over 1 million 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 3-18 - 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

Canada Fair Trade Movement Strengthens Its Organization at Annual Conference

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The Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) continued its inspiring developments in organizing and collaborating across the country’s Fair Trade community. The 2014 CFTN National Conference brought over 100 people together for 3 days in January in Toronto. Attendees focused on: sharing business perspectives in fair trade; bringing together key advocates, business representatives, academics, students and certifiers from across the movement; conducting the CFTN Annual General Meeting and vision and strategy session; hosting a Fair Trade Expo with around 15 vendors; collaborating across Fair Trade Towns, Schools, and Campuses; and advocate skill building and community engagement.

FTRN strongly believes that the fragmented and under-resourced U.S. Fair Trade community would achieve a lot more if it were organized and collaborating like Canada’s movement.

More at CFTN Conference

“Fair Tuesday” Initiative Inspires Ethical Holiday Shopping

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#FairTuesday is an ethical shopping initiative created in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The goal of #FairTuesday is to inspire conscious consumerism. “Fair Tuesday” features Fair Trade and eco-friendly brands, and is inviting other businesses to take a step towards sustainability.

Whether you are an individual, organization, or a member of the press, you can join the #FairTuesday movement in two simple ways: by buying one fair trade item on Tuesday, December 3rd and by helping us spread the word about the movement on social media using hashtag #FairTuesday. If you represent a non-fair-trade business, tell us what you are doing to make your practices more green and fair.

More at Fair Tuesday

Fair Trade Certification Marks 25th Anniversary

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In 1988 Frans van der Hoff, a Dutch missionary, along with a Dutch economist named Nico Roozen the development agency, Solidaridad, launched the Max Havelaar label, named after a fictional character who opposed the exploitation of coffee pickers in Indonesia. The label’s organization in the Netherlands went on to co-found the Fairtrade International system in 1997.

To mark Fairtrade’s jubilee, Max Havelaar Netherlands, has invited smallholders from across the world to ‘Max Havelaar Jubliee Conference: Smallholder Innovations’, a day-long event in Utrecht, Netherlands. At the event, farmers will share how they are changing their communities through Fairtrade and Peter d’Angremond, Executive Director of the Max Havelaar Foundation, will present the first-ever, carbon-neutral coffee to help coffee farmers combat climate change.

More at Fairtrade International post

Fair Trade Month 2013 Campaigns Raise Awareness

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Scores of events around the U.S. reached thousands of people in October to raise awareness about Fair Trade. Plus, lots of social media outreach spread the word even further.

Fair Trade Resource Network partnered with Fairtrade America to host events at supermarkets, colleges and community gatherings.

See FTRN photos

See Fairtrade America photos

See Fair Trade USA photos

Canadian Fairtrade Awards Name 10 Winners

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The second annual Canadian Fairtrade Awards will be presented to ten Canadian retail and food service businesses October 3rd in recognition of their ongoing commitment to Fair Trade. An independent panel of judges assessed nominees on a variety of criteria, including range of products offered; promotion, education and engagement; and vision, mission, and values. See the winners and more…

More at Fairtrade Canada post

“2013 Fair Trade Your Halloween” Campaign Resources Now Available

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With cocoa and sugar being important and popular Fair Trade products, Halloween provides a special opportunity to support marginalized producers, educate kids and adults, and have fun! Check out the Action kit, daily reminders, Bingo game, and other resources at:

Global Exchange 2013 Fair Trade Your Halloween

Fair Trade Month 2013 Advocacy Resources Offered by Several Organizations & Campaigns

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Every October in the U.S. is Fair Trade Month! The resources below can help you spread awareness of Fair Trade, attend an existing event, or host your own event.

Get free Fair Trade products


Use free educational materials


Be part of a national campaign


Gain publicity for your organization or store


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Free Materials & Products Available for Fair Trade Month Celebrations

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Fair Trade Resource Network and Fairtrade America invite the public to celebrate National Fair Trade Month this October, as we raise awareness and encourage more people to enjoy Fair Trade products in their daily lives. In doing so, we all support many families to have better living standards.  Fairtrade America and Fair Trade Resource Network are partnering to support and publicize events and activities throughout the month.  Please read below to find out about free product samples, educational materials and other support!

We encourage you to participate in any or all of the following ways:

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