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Co-ops Support Fair Trade

Akua Sarpomaa, palm fruit cleaner, Eastern – Ghana.

World Fair Trade Day 2014 was May 10 and around North America and the world, events, celebrations and fundraising took place in support of Fair Trade. At food co-ops nationwide, between April 28 and May 20, 2014,  1% of purchases of Alaffia, Alter Eco, Divine Chocolate, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Equal Exchange, Guayaki Yerba Mate and Maggie’s Organics products were donated to Root Capital to provide ongoing funding and support of the farmers, artisans and other small businesses worldwide that produce fair trade products. National Co+op Grocers (the organization behind this website) matched the manufacturers’ donations as well. A total of $8,724 was donated to Root Capital to support Fair Trade!

Co-ops have long been strong supporters of fair trade and you'll find an array of fair trade products at the co-op year-round.

Fair Trade Principles

Typically, the term "fair trade" signifies products produced in adherence to these principles:

Fair prices

Farmers, hired workers, artisans and other producers receive a fair price or wage for their time and materials. Producer organizations often receive pre-harvest or pre-production credit on favorable terms.

Fair & safe labor conditions

Workers enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and humane treatment. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.

Direct trade

Importers purchase from fair trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering producers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

Democratic and transparent organizations

Producers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade premiums for community development and capacity building of producer organizations.

Community development

Producers invest premiums in social and business development projects like youth scholarship programs, health care, clean water access, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.

Environmental sustainability

Harmful agrochemicals and Genetically Modified Organisms are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable methods that protect producers' health and preserve eco-systems.
(Source: Fair Trade Resource Network)

Root Capital

Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses.

Participating companies

The participating companies in the April 28 to May 20, 2014 promotion are strong supporters of Fair Trade principles, including stable and fair prices for farmers, organic and sustainable agriculture practices and community-led development projects.

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