Lead for Change Blog

Petition | End the Humanitarian Crisis in the Coffee Industry

September 6, 2019

Sign the petition to demand better for coffee farmers and call on coffee companies to pay fair prices. “When the price is good, we have work, but when it isn’t, we have no money to pay the rent, no money for food, no money for the doctor,” said Angela Poló Gámez, a coffee picker from […]

Bringing Fair Trade to Campus

July 12, 2019

University of California Santa Cruz student reflects on her Fair Trade journey and starting her school’s Fair Trade University campaign. My name is Saajia Bidar and I am a senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). This is my second year working on our Fair Trade campaign. I was introduced to Fair Trade […]

Academic Year in Review: 2018-19

June 17, 2019

Now that we’ve reached the end of the 2018-19 academic year, it’s time to look back on our accomplishments. We are so happy to see how much our work has grown over the past year, thanks to our amazing Fair Trade advocates across the country! Fair Trade Campaigns is always growing. Throughout the last year, […]

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day 2019

April 29, 2019

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 Fair Trade Innovates. Join us in celebrating how Fair Trade delivers solutions for people and planet. Looking for ways to get involved? We’ve […]

Join the Fashion Revolution

April 1, 2019

April 24 marks six 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 […]

Highlights from the 2019 National Conference

March 5, 2019

Knowledge. Passion. Motivation. Advocacy. Friendship. These are just a few of the words that emerged when we asked attendees what they were taking away from the 2019 National Conference. In March 2019, we brought together over 375 Fair Trade partners, advocates, friends and supporters for three days of learning, networking and conversation in Chicago. Building […]

Fair Trade Finals – Spring 2019

February 26, 2019

Fall 2018 Program Highlights We worked with 91 campaigns on college and high school campuses in 29 states across the country who have strong relationships with campus administration and food service and are influential voices in their communities.   Of the 91 total campuses, we had 81 colleges and universities and 10 high schools participating in the Spring 2019 program. Campus events reached over 10,500 people–including students, faculty, dining […]

We’re Hiring! 2019-20 Fair Trade Fellowship

February 19, 2019

Applications are now closed. If you’re interested in other opportunities to support our regional work, please send us an email at admin@fairtradecampaigns.org. 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, […]

5 Reasons to Attend the 2019 National Conference

February 13, 2019

On March 1, we’ll welcome over 350 Fair Trade advocates and supporters to Chicago, representing businesses and NGOs, farms and cooperatives, Fair Trade campuses and communities, and more. We’re still feeling the energy and inspiration from the 2018 National Conference, and we can’t wait to bring this community back together to continue driving conscious consumerism […]

#FTConf2019 Partner Spotlight: Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

February 4, 2019

 The following is a guest post from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a partner organization and co-host of the Career Fair & Expo at the 2019 Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference. Who We Are In 2014, Fair Trade Campaigns joined the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance as a National Workforce Partner. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a network of colleges, […]

Share the Love: Valentine’s Day 2019

January 4, 2019

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 2018

December 14, 2018

2018 was an exciting year for Fair Trade Campaigns! Let’s take a look back at the Top 10 Achievements of the year. 1) We welcomed over 330 advocates, supporters and partners to the 2018 National Conference in Washington, DC. In March 2018, we spent three inspiring days learning from leaders from across the Fair Trade […]

Fair Trade Your Holidays 2018

November 19, 2018

To help take some of the stress out of your holiday preparations, we’ve rounded up a collection of Fair Trade gift guides and recipes right here. Did we miss your holiday favorites? Share in the comments below! The holiday season is a time to gather and give thanks with family and friends. However you celebrate, […]

Farewells and Welcomes: Fair Trade Campaigns Fellows

October 31, 2018

As the Fair Trade movement continues to grow across the U.S., we are more grateful than ever for the strength of our regional networks. In the Mid Atlantic, Northeast, Southwest and Great Lakes, these networks bring together town, college and university, school and congregation campaigns to learn from and collaborate with one another. None of this […]

Fair Trade’s Role in Supporting the UN SDGs

October 1, 2018

Fair Trade is a global movement and Fair Trade certification ensures that products are produced according to rigorous economic, social and environmental standards. Fair Trade seeks to enable economic development through equitable trading partnerships, ensuring consumers that the products they purchase were grown, harvested, and traded in ways that improve lives, benefit communities and protect […]

Partner Spotlight: Fair Trade Judaica

August 23, 2018

Fair Trade began with communities of faith. Human rights, social justice, dignity, respect – these values are central to Fair Trade and to the teachings of many faith traditions. In recognition and celebration of this connection, Fair Trade Campaigns launched Fair Trade Congregations in 2014. Over the years, we have been honored to work with […]

Bring Fair Trade Back to School

August 6, 2018

In a few short weeks, students and teachers are heading back to campuses and classrooms. From first day of school outfits to lunchbox staples to classroom activities, there are so many ways to bring Fair Trade back to school – while supporting education in communities around the world. Ethical Back to School Shopping Add Fair […]

Foundations for Long-Term Growth

August 2, 2018

In 2016, Fair Trade Campaigns launched a five-year strategic plan. At the core of the plan are mechanisms to dramatically grow our impact and reach by streamlining and strengthening across our programs to accelerate the expansion of the Fair Trade Campaigns network. One of the components of the strategic plan is a focus on ongoing and […]