Fair Trade Schools: How Millennials are Combatting Child Slave Labor

FT Campaigns Intern May 12, 2014

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 son, daughter, niece, nephew, neighbor or YOU picking cocoa beans instead of going to school?

It’s easier than you think to make a stand for children.  Fair Trade audits and standards prohibit child slave labor on certified cocoa farms in Latin America and Africa.

kinds in school

Combat Child Slave Labor with Fair Trade Schools!

The Fair Trade Schools campaign is a unique way for students, teachers and parents  to advocate for the education of all children.

You can go beyond the individual purchase and multiply your impact by starting a Fair Trade School campaign. Your actions can empower hundreds in your community to purchase Fair Trade chocolate and provide a much greater impact to the farmers and artisans who grow, pick and ship the chocolate you love.

Get your school to commit to a system that prohibits child slave labor in the production of the chocolate available in your teachers lounge, cafeteria and fundraising programs!

We challenge YOU to change the world one school at a time!

The Three Goals to Fair Trade Your Schools



1. Build Your Team – A teacher and or student led group  implements campaign objectives and drives awareness.

2.  Commit to Fair Trade Education & Events – Include Fair Trade in lesson plans, curricula and school events like assembles and fairs.

3.  Source Fair Trade Products – Offer Fair Trade products in cafeterias, vending machines, school stores or regularly include Fair Trade products in fundraisers like candy and bake sales.




Join the Fair Trade Schools Webinar

Tuesday, May 20th at 5:00 pm ET/4:00 pm CT/2:00 pm PT


What’s on the agenda?

1.  Fair Trade Schools Overview

2.  A Model Campaign

3.  Q & A



Questions about starting a campaign?  Contact Courtney Lang at clang@fairtradeusa.org 



You must log in to join the discussion. If you are not already a member registering is easy.

FT Campaigns Intern,