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Fair Trade is a people-powered solution to global economic injustice. It is a system of trade based on direct relationships and partnerships between buyers in the global north and producing communities in developing countries.
Fair Trade helps ensure that farmers and artisans throughout the developing world receive a fair price for their products, have direct involvement in the marketplace, and uphold environmental and labor rights standards. The system builds real and lasting relationships between producers in developing countries and businesses and consumers around the world.
Green America serves the Fair Trade community as public educators, encouraging people to support Fair Trade while providing them the means to do so. We encourage using your spending power to influence the market and help reshape the global economy to one that works for all people and the planet. Use this site to learn about Fair Trade, its products and producers, and what you can do to make a difference.
Letter to the Editor Action RE: Hershey
September 19th will mark the ten-year anniversary of the signing of the Harkin-Engel protocol, an agreement chocolate companies signed to eliminate the worst forms of child labor on cocoa farms in West Africa. Ten years later, these abuses persist and The Hershey Company remains the laggard in the industry for taking steps to prevent the use of child labor in its supply chain. Send a letter to your local paper to call attention to this issue in advance of September 19th>>
Host a Fair Trade Movie Screening
More than 2,000 groups have ordered The Dark Side of Chocolate documentary, a film that revelas the truth about cocoa from the Ivory Coast. Join concerned citizens across the county, and host an event in your home, office, or place of worship to share the truth about chocolate. Order your DVD and home-screening Kit today.
Fair Trade activities for the Classroom
Green America organized a number of Valentine's Day activities that are perfect for the classroom, that can be adapted for other chocolate-focused holidays. Teach your students about Fair Trade chocolate and how they can help to prevent child labor on cocoa farms. Read more >>
Fair Trade Your Supermarket
Join the campaign to Fair Trade Your Supermarket, and support farmers around the world through Fair Trade. The campaign website tracks where consumers have asked their stores to stock more Fair Trade. Order your own Action Kit today!