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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 Finals – Fall 2018

October 10, 2018

Here’s your chance to get some great, free materials for that final Fair Trade event of the 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. Sign up now to Fair Trade Your Finals! Participate […]

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 […]

A Fair Trade Milestone: Arizona State Becomes Largest Fair Trade University in the U.S.

September 27, 2018

Movements for social, economic and environmental justice take time and the Fair Trade movement, specifically on college and university campuses, is no exception. This week marked an incredible milestone, when Arizona State University (ASU) celebrated their designation as the 50th Fair Trade University in the U.S. – and the largest university to achieve Fair Trade […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – 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 and […]

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, […]

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