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Campaigner Spotlight: Anne Lemke

April 18, 2019

During my time as a Fair Trade Campaigns Fellow, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know many Fair Trade advocates all doing amazing work in their communities to advocate for Fair Trade and to highlight other important issues that Fair Trade strives to address.  Among the advocates in our region, I wanted to highlight […]

Campaign Spotlight: Fair Trade Los Angeles

April 11, 2019

I have a unique experience as one of the Southwest Regional Fellows. Not only do I get to work with college campuses, congregations, and schools, but since I am based in Southern California I also get to work with some incredible Fair Trade Town campaigns – including Los Angeles, CA. Fair Trade LA (FTLA) is […]

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 […]

A Glimpse Into the 2019 Conference

March 22, 2019

The 2019 Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference began in the best of ways: a rapid-fire lineup of speakers from the Fair Trade, conscious consumerism, social impact and anti-human trafficking movements delivered rousing speeches. Later on, we heard from Fair Trade USA CEO and founder Paul Rice, who left the audience in awe after recounting how […]

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 […]

We’re Hiring! 2019-20 Fair Trade Fellowship

February 19, 2019

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 […]

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, […]

Campaigner Spotlight: Anne Michele-Boyle

February 1, 2019

As one of the Fair Trade Campaigns Fellows in the Great Lakes Region, I get to meet and speak with with so many wonderful people through my work. Along this journey I have had the pleasure of getting to know Anne-Michele Boyle, a teacher at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, who is working in […]

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 and Human Rights: A Celebration of Human Rights Day

December 7, 2018

Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10 each year to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which this year marks its 70th anniversary. This document was the first enunciation of the inherent and inalienable rights due to each person simply because she or he is a human being. “Recognition […]

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 […]

Strength in Numbers

August 28, 2018

All of you Fair Trade campaigners out there you know that gaining and keeping members and volunteers involved with  your campaign is crucial to your success. Here at Fair Trade Campaigns, we’ve thought of a few tips to help you do this! Passion as a Motivator  A key strategy to keep in mind as you […]

10 Techniques to Transform Your Marketing Strategy

August 14, 2018

Whether you are a brand new campaign or have been around the block a few times, all can agree that marketing is one of the most critical aspects of grassroots organizing. Every campaign has access to ample marketing tools that, when used properly, can become one of your best assets to increasing visibility and creating greater impact […]

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 […]