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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 […]

Go, Push, GO: International Campaigner Highlight

July 20, 2018

Our stories are our advocacy. My fellowship with Fair Trade Campaigns has shown me the importance of highlighting and sharing the stories of people who inspire us, to keep ourselves inspired. Nothing has motivated me more than hearing the stories of the advocates who came before me, which is why I knew the moment I […]

Fair Trade Campaigns in the Media – Spring 2018

June 29, 2018

Our campaigns have been making great progress all over the country, and getting a lot of media attention for it! From newly declared Fair Trade campaigns to events, research projects and partnerships, there’s a lot of good news to share. Fair Trade: One Step Closer to #endtrafficking in Houston, TX UNICEF USA, January 18, 2018 One […]

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 […]

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 […]

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