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Bring Fair Trade to Schools in 2015

February 27, 2015

Help the Next Generation Combat Child Slave Labor Every child deserves an education. But, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), child labor is a reality for 168 million boys and girls in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Can you imagine your child, brother, sister, neighbor or YOU picking cocoa beans instead of going to […]

December/January Fair Trade Achievements: Campaigns Keep Their Cool This Winter

February 9, 2015

Even the winter holidays couldn’t slow down our campaigners!  Let’s take a moment to honor their hard work… Campaign Badges and Declarations 1 Declaration! 1. John Carroll University, OH – Fair Trade University 11 Badges Earned! 1. St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, CA – Commit to Purchase Fair Trade Products When They Are Available and Incorporate Fair Trade Education into […]

3 Ways to Support Mexican Farmworkers

December 19, 2014

Last week, the Los Angeles Times revealed a wrenching four-part documentary series called “Product of Mexico,” in which two reporters traveled throughout Mexico to interview farmworkers at produce farms many American retailers source from. They found living conditions were oftentimes bleak, and food, ironically, scarce. These intimate stories capture the day-to-day trials of our farmworkers; the […]

A November in Fair Trade Campaigns

December 11, 2014

 November has been a busy month! Let’s see what’s been happening on the campaign trail… Campaign Badges and Declarations 4 Declarations! 1. San Ramon, CA – Fair Trade Town 2. Chelsea, MI – Fair Trade Town 3. Hartwick College, NY – Fair Trade University 4.  Seattle University, WA – Fair Trade University 11 Badges Earned! 1. […]

Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide

December 4, 2014

Tis’ the season for Fair Trade! Use our holiday Gift Guide when you start shopping for gifts and discover some great brands that are already supporting Fair Trade products.   Click on the image of the Fair Trade Campaigns Holiday Gift Guide  so that you can follow links to all the products you see below!     Check out […]

Giving Tuesday – Let’s Grow the Fair Trade Movement Together!

December 2, 2014

  Dear Friends: It is the final week of the 2014 Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge and the Skoll Foundation is committed to doubling every dollar we raise this week!  The team at Fair Trade Campaigns (Billy, Courtney and Parker), are asking for your support during this final push. We Need Your Help Now! Our goal […]

‘Fuel Up’ by Fair Trading Your Finals

November 11, 2014

Share Your Plans and get Rewarded Here’s your chance to get hooked up with some great, free materials for that final Fair Trade Event of the year! A number of generous donations have allowed us to support campaigns hosting a Fair Trade Study Break. Provide a short explanation of your plans in the comment section below and receive the following event package […]

October Campaign Achievements: Our Campaigns are Going Strong

November 7, 2014

 Let’s hear it for October! We’d like to take a moment to reflect on the success of our campaigns throughout the month. Campaign Badges 11 Badges Earned! 1. Houston, TX – Engage Your Town 2. Lawrence, KS – Engage Your Town 3. Chelsea, MI – Get Some Love from the Media & Reach out to Retailers 4. […]

Join us in the Skoll Challenge!

October 24, 2014

We have been invited to participate in the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurs Challenge! Each year the Skoll Foundation invites a select number of organizations to fund-raise over the course of one month and in turn commits to matching (up to a set amount) donations made over that time. This year we are pleased to announce that […]

SCHOOL TIP #2: Committing to Fair Trade Education & Events

October 20, 2014

Reaching Goal #2: Commit to Fair Trade Education & Events   Goal #2 is all about Fair Trade education and events at your school. To reach this goal you will need to complete the following: Bring Fair Trade into at least two classrooms or events.  Empower students to be conscious consumers. The Obstacles The Solutions Making connections with […]

Get Inspired By Those Who Took A Step For Fair Trade In September!

October 3, 2014

We’d like to take the opportunity to recognize all of our campaigns that have worked so hard to make this past month a huge success! Campaign Badges & Declarations 8 Declarations Earned! 1. Alexandria, VA – 35th Fair Trade Town 2. Our Lady of Assumption (CA) 3. 2nd Congregational/1st Presbyterian Church (IL) 4. St. John’s Episcopal Church (MN) 5. […]

Celebrate Fair Trade Month 2014

September 22, 2014

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August Campaign Achievements: Making Progress

September 7, 2014

We would like to take a moment to recognize all of our campaigns hard at work making this summer a huge success! Badges and Declarations: Altadena, CA – Reach out to Retailers Lawrence, KS – Reach out to Retailers; Get Some Love from the Media Metuchin, NJ – Engage Your Local Government Penn State University, PA – […]

Back to School Photo Contest

August 30, 2014

Kick the year off with the Back to School Photo Contest – participating campaigns will receive FREE CHOCOLATE! Last year we had over 3,000 students, faculty and staff participate – this year let’s aim for 5,000! This Year’s Theme: Cocoa While the cocoa industry generates $16 billion dollars each year, cocoa farmers annually earn $30 – 110 dollars. In addition, […]

Two Ways to Put Pressure on the Cocoa Industry with Catholic Relief Services & Global Exchange

August 19, 2014

There are a lot of great organizations that are supporting the Fair Trade movement and putting pressure on the cocoa industry. Here is information on two of our partners for the Back to School cocoa program; Catholic Relief Services and Global Exchange. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Background Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian […]

SCHOOL TIP #1: How Do I Build My Team?

July 22, 2014

Reaching Goal #1: Building Your Team  Goal #1 is all about building your team. To reach this goal you will need to complete the following: A teacher and/or student-lead group should be formed to implement the campaign. The Fair Trade committee provides leadership and direction for your campaign objectives and drives awareness. Parents can and should […]

Q&A With The Fair Trade Campaigns Interns!

July 10, 2014

They’re here! We’ve got a great and talented bunch of interns working with Fair Trade Campaigns this Summer. Take a look below to familiarize yourself with the folks who work to keep us connected, prepared, and moving forward. Fair Trade Campaigns’ Summer 2014 interns! (Left to right: Stephanie, Lena, Alison) Lena Crown (Washington University): Social Media Intern […]

2014 Fair Trade Month Campaign

June 27, 2014

Did you know that institutional purchasing accounts for 2/3rds of the U.S. economy (that’s 10.1 trillion dollars a year)?  It’s no wonder that we’re focusing our Fair Trade Month program on building relationships and educating constituents and leaders of institutions.  We’re providing free swag for you to pass out, and participants will be entered to win a grand prize with […]

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