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Lead for Change Blog

Academic Year in Review: 2017-18

June 12, 2018

At the end of the 2017-18 academic year, we’re celebrating incredible growth in our work – one driven by the Fair Trade campus advocates who are redefining grassroots advocacy. Our Fair Trade family tree is flourishing! At the end of the 2016-17 academic year, Fair Trade Campaigns recognized 44 declared Fair Trade Colleges & Universities […]

Navigating Fair Trade Product Labels

June 12, 2018

When navigating the world of conscious consumerism, all the different labels can be a bit confusing if not overwhelming. As a consumer, it’s important to know what these labels mean. When I first found myself interested in Fair Trade and conscious consumerism, I kept thinking to myself, “What do the different certifications mean? Do I […]

5 Tips for Funding Your Campaign

June 1, 2018

Across the country, Fair Trade campaigns continue to organize and propel the Fair Trade movement forward in their communities, even when funding might be hard to come by. Campaigners get creative with free events and outreach activities, and collaborate with local organizations and businesses to support their Fair Trade advocacy. Here, we’re sharing suggestions, strategies […]

Arizona State University, Most Innovative University in the US, Becomes 50th Fair Trade University in the Nation

May 15, 2018

Tempe, AZ (May 2, 2018) – Fair Trade Campaigns, a grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of Fair Trade advocates, officially designates Arizona State University as the 50th and largest Fair Trade University in the nation. Fair Trade is an economic system that ensures consumers the products they buy were grown, harvested, crafted and traded in ways that […]

UC Irvine Becomes 51st Fair Trade University in Nation

May 4, 2018

Irvine, CA (May 4, 2018) – UC Irvine, as part of a national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage university students in issues of global poverty, is proud to announce its official designation as a Fair Trade University. Fair Trade is an economic system that ensures consumers the products they buy were grown, harvested, […]

UC Berkeley Becomes 49th Fair Trade University in Nation

May 2, 2018

Berkeley, CA (April 25, 2018) – UC Berkeley, as part of a national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage university students in issues of global poverty, is proud to announce its official designation as a Fair Trade University. Fair Trade is an economic system that ensures consumers the products they buy were grown, harvested, crafted […]

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day – 2018

May 1, 2018

Live Fair, one product at a time. Each year, on the second Saturday of May, Fair Trade supporters and advocates around the world come together in celebration of World Fair Trade Day. This year, the World Fair Trade Organization has chosen the theme Live Fair, one product at a time. Join us in celebrating the many […]

Join the Fashion Revolution

April 20, 2018

April 24 marks five years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. This tragic event brought global attention to the conditions of garment workers, and calls for stricter standards and greater transparency in the apparel industry. Since 2013, some progress has been made. We see more brands focusing on social and environmental sustainability, and more […]

How to Protect Forests and Support Farmers this Earth Day

April 18, 2018

This Earth Day, discover the potential of Fair Trade, small-scale farmers and agroforestry to regreen the earth, tackle climate change and create a fair and equitable food system. Agroforestry: A Solution for the Earth and Farmers Around the world, farmers clear trees in order to expand their fields and increase production. This deforestation for agricultural […]

Highlights from the 2018 National Conference

April 11, 2018

This past March, we came together with over 330 Fair Trade supporters and advocates to make new connections and dive deep on issues at the core of the movement. Over the course of three days, we heard from more than 50 speakers sharing their insights and expertise on Fair Trade, sustainability, social justice, community organizing, and […]

Resources to Re-Energize Your Campaign

April 1, 2018

Did you know that there are over 275 active Fair Trade campaigns across the country? We know that our Fair Trade advocates are working hard everyday to grow the Fair Trade movement in their communities – whether it be their college or university, town, school or congregation. We appreciate your energy and commitment, and want to help […]

5 Reasons We’re Excited for the 2018 National Conference

March 22, 2018

On March 23, over 300 individuals from businesses, NGOs, campuses, and campaigns will arrive at Georgetown University for the Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference. It’s been over five years since our last national gathering, and we are thrilled to be bringing this network together to connect, discuss, and learn from one another. While there are certainly […]

Fair Trade Finals – Spring 2018

March 3, 2018

Here’s your chance to get some great, free materials for that final Fair Trade event of the spring semester! Donations from a few generous Fair Trade partners make it possible for us to support campaigns hosting a Fair Trade study break or other event during Finals Week. Participate with four easy steps: Sign up. Fill out the Registration Form to […]

We’re Hiring! 2018-19 Fair Trade Campaigns Fellowship

March 1, 2018

Are you passionate about Fair Trade and social justice? Are you a student or recent graduate looking for rewarding part-time work? Do you want to gain hands-on experience supporting grassroots organizers, developing leaders, building regional networks, and executing communications strategies? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on to find out more about […]

A Sweeter Lenten Promise

February 2, 2018

Make your Lenten promise sweeter this year by choosing to purchase only Fair Trade chocolate.  For Catholics and Christians, the season of Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter. It is meant to be a time to reflect on our relationship with God. The traditional three components to this season are prayer, fasting […]

How to Host an Ethical Pop Up Market

January 19, 2018

For the last two years, I have had the pleasure of hosting an ethical Holiday Pop Up market on my university campus with the Fair Trade club. We started this pop up because we all are passionate about ethical businesses and believe in the power of conscious consumerism. We also did it because we crave […]

Share the Love: Valentine’s Day 2018

January 5, 2018

On February 14, many of us take time to show a little extra love to the special people in our lives. This year, we invite you to share the love with the farmers, workers and artisans behind your favorite Valentine’s Day gifts. Give Fair Trade flowers, chocolate and greeting cards (find discounts from our partners below!) or send […]

Year in Review: Top 10 Achievements of 2017

December 19, 2017

2017 was an exciting year for Fair Trade Campaigns! Lets take a look back at the Top 10 Achievements of the year. 1) Texas A&M University took the title of largest Fair Trade University in the U.S. Texas A&M is the 46th and largest university in the nation, and only the second in Texas, to earn official designation as […]

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