Fair Trade Resources
Interested in learning more about Fair Trade but unsure of how to start? Following are a compilation of resources and links to help you get started!
Fair Trade Federation
A trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to Fair Trade. By doing so, they seek to alleviate poverty by continually and significantly expanding the practice of trade that values the labor and dignity of all people. They are a great resource for finding Fair Trade members and retailers in North America.
World Fair Trade Organization
As the global representative body of over 450 members committed to 100% Fair Trade, the WFTO operates in 75 countries across 5 regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North American and the Pacific Rim. Through elected global and regional boards, the WFTO works to deliver market access to small producers through policy, advocacy, campaigning, marketing and monitoring. They keep close tabs on campaigns and market changes and provide many great resources for further research and understanding.
Fair Trade Resource Network
The Fair Trade Resource Network is an information hub designed to grow the Fair Trade movement. Based in the U.S., the FTRN offers pertinent information, publications and current events in Fair Trade. A terrific place to start exploring the conceptual and practical practices of the Fair Trade movement.
Fairtrade International (FLO)
Comprised of 25 organizations working to secure a better deal for producers, Fairtrade International sets international Fairtrade standards and supports Fairtrade producers. Headquartered in Bonn, Germany, FLO also encompasses the Fairtrade Foundation (www.fairtrade.org.uk), an independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards.
As an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world, Global Exchange is an activist resource center working toward policy changes and corporate accountability through grassroots education and action. A great resource for ways in which to be become involved in Fair Trade.
Although not specifically a Fair Trade organization, Oxfam works closely within the realm of Fair Trade. It is an international confederation of 15 organizations working together in over 90 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. They work directly with communities and seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and have a say in decisions that affect them. They focus on the following areas: development, emergencies, campaigning, advocacy, and policy research. Be sure to also check out Oxfam America at www.oxfamamerica.org.
Fair Trade Institute
The Fair Trade Institute gathers the scientific community on Fair Trade. This online collection of publications, expertise and critical analysis about Fair Trade is a collaborative effort between the Fair Trade Institute based in Switzerland and the Fair Trade Resource Network in the United States. One of the best resources for keeping up-to-date on current academic and professional discussions about Fair Trade.
Trade for Development Centre
Based in Belgium, the Trade for Development Centre offers business support for producers and promotes education on fair and sustainable trade. They are another good source for what is going on currently in Fair Trade.