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3 Easy Ways to Celebrate Fair Trade Month

October 18, 2013

          October is here, and you know what that means.  It’s time for the much-awaited month-long celebration of Fair Trade. This year Fair Trade USA’s  campaign theme is Buy Fair. Be Fair.  The goal is simple: increase awareness and demand for Fair Trade Certified products and deepen the impact of Fair Trade in farming communities […]

Fair Trade Your Halloween

October 8, 2013

Put a sweet twist on the bitter tradition this year by participating in Equal Exchange’s Fair Trade Your Halloween Campaign     Trick-or-treaters will hand Fair Trade chocolate back to adults, with informational cards attached, to explain the problems of the cocoa industry and how Fair Trade presents a solution. Through providing children with an […]

3 Easy Ways to Celebrate Fair Trade Month

September 30, 2013

      October is here, and you know what that means.  It’s time for the much-awaited month-long celebration of Fair Trade.  This year Fair Trade USA’s  campaign theme is Buy Fair. Be Fair.  The goal is simple: increase awareness and demand for Fair Trade Certified products and deepen the impact of Fair Trade in […]

Reflections on Fair Trade in Mexico: Maya Vinic Coffee Coop

September 26, 2013

In July, we took 12 Fair Trade campaign organizers from across the country to Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico to visit Fair Trade farmers, artisans and producers.  We visited five producer groups of whom are associated with the various third party Fair Trade labeling organizations in the US. Over the next few months we’ll be sharing […]

Purchasing Policies – Overview, Resources and Webinar Recording

September 16, 2013

Over the last two years Fair Trade Campaigns has been developing and piloting policies to help institutions purchase responsibly produced goods. The good news? We’re ready to unveil the result!  So what is procurement (purchasing)? Procurement means to purchase, and institutions spend lots of money purchasing goods and services. They buy food for dining facilities, […]

Late Night Snack Photo Contest!

September 10, 2013

Snap a Picture of a #FTSnack Kick the year off with a bang and join us September 16th — 27th to promote Ben & Jerry’s partnership with Fair Trade Colleges and Universities. The Contest Swap ice cream for photos! Take fun and engaging photos of people eating ice cream and/or with the Late Night Snack cut-out from […]

Registration Open for New England & Southern California Gatherings

August 27, 2013

Fair Trade Campaigns is hosting two Regional Gatherings this Fall in Southern California & New England and you’re invited! Fair Trade Town and Fair Trade College & University campaign organizers and supporters will come together to establish regional support networks, build and grow our campaigns, and learn from our peers. Mark your calendars! New England […]

Fair Trade Campaigns in the Media: July/August 2013

August 27, 2013

Your monthly digest of Fair Trade Campaigns in the local and national spotlight #FTCampaigns on Social Media

Registration Open for New England & Southern California Gatherings

August 26, 2013

Fair Trade Campaigns is hosting Regional Conferences this Fall in Southern California & New England and you’re invited!

Fair Trade Campaigns in the Media: July/August 2013

August 24, 2013

Your monthly digest of Fair Trade Campaigns in the local and national spotlight #FTCampaigns on Social Media Facebook– 2,920 Twitter– 1,170 Instagram– 97 Pinterest– 70 Tumblr– 2 National Updates Late Night Snack Photo Contest Snap a picture of a #FTSnack & enter to win year supply of Ben & Jerry’s  Don’t forget about the Late […]

Back to School Blast!

August 13, 2013

There are a lot of exciting opportunities coming up. Help your campaign and make organizing easier with these resources. Late Night Snack Photo Contest Kick the year off with a bang and join us September 16th — 27th to promote Ben & Jerry’s partnership with Fair Trade Colleges and Universities. Participating campaigns will receive ice cream for events and […]

Point Loma Passes Fair Trade Fund!

July 18, 2013

  This May, 80% of the student body at Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA) voted to voluntarily increase their tuition by $3 per semester in the name of Fair Trade. This vote officially made Point Loma Nazarene (PLNU) the first university in the United States to voluntarily increase tuition rates for Fair Trade […]

Purchasing Policies Webinar – Save the Date!

July 17, 2013

Attend and learn more about best practices to consider when influencing purchasers! In 2012 we rolled out purchasing policies in two towns and  and two colleges in the U.S. and have used the results to construct new resources to increase institutional Fair Trade purchasing. Following the testing of procurement policies, Fair Trade Campaigns evaluated findings […]

Purchasing Policies Webinar – Save the Date!

July 17, 2013

Get your town or campus to institutionalize Fair Trade purchasing! In 2012 we rolled out Fair Trade Purchasing Policies in two towns and two colleges in the U.S. and we have used the results to construct new resources that will help campaigns across the country institutionalize Fair Trade purchasing! Model Procurement Policy Opportunity Assessment – for […]

Regional Gatherings- New England & Southern California

July 12, 2013

  Fair Trade Campaigns is hosting Regional Conferences this Fall in Southern California & New England and you’re invited! We’ll be gathering together our Fair Trade Towns and Fair Trade Colleges & Universities organizers for an inspirational gathering on how to grow our campaign, support each other, and learn from our peers. Mark your calendars and […]

Regional Gatherings – New England & Southern California

July 12, 2013

Fair Trade Campaigns is hosting two Regional Gatherings this Fall in Southern California & New England and you’re invited!   Fair Trade Town and Fair Trade College & University campaign organizers and supporters will come together to establish regional support networks, build and grow our campaigns, and learn from our peers.   Mark your calendars […]

Year in Review (2012-2013)

June 21, 2013

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the achievements of this past year. The Numbers: At the end of August 2012 Fair Trade Colleges and Universities started off its 5th year with: 10 Declared Colleges and Universities  30 Active Campaigns As of June there are now 14 Declared Colleges and Universities (40% increase) 69 Active Campaigns (130% increase!) Overall the number of campaigns has more than […]

Case Study: Forming Strategic Partnerships

June 20, 2013

By Dr. Thomas Kelly, Professor Creighton University & Parker Townley   Make use of campus institutions Partnerships can help guide and provide structure for students looking to organize around Fair Trade. Here are three examples of institutions that have helped organize and house student movements in the past: Notre Dame University: The Center for Social Concerns Creighton University: […]

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