Lead for Change Blog

World Refugee Day Recap & Resources

September 7, 2022

June 20th was World Refugee Day, a day designated by the United Nations to celebrate the bravery and strength of refugees around the globe. On June 28th, 2022, Fair Trade Campaigns hosted a free webinar in honor of the holiday with guest speakers Christine Gent, MADE51 World Fair Trade Organization Fair Trade Expert and Margo […]

Fair Trade Campus Life Must Haves

August 22, 2022

By Claire Fitzgerald Leaving home for the first time can feel incredibly daunting. One simple way to make your home-away-from-home feel like a comfortable escape that’s all your own is by personalizing your dorm room/living space with decorations and quality products that reflect your values.  As you get to decorating this year, think about choosing […]

Share the Love: Valentine’s Day 2022

January 19, 2022

On February 14, many of us take time to show extra love to the special people in our lives. This year, we’re shifting our usual Valentine’s Day programming to a virtual platform and inviting you to share the love with the farmers behind your Fair Trade flowers and chocolate. Why Chocolate? The global cocoa market’s […]

Year in Review: Top 10 Achievements of 2021

December 16, 2021

2021 did not hold our campaigns back from advocating for Fair Trade and achieving their goals!  Let’s take a look back at the Top 10 Achievements of the Year. 1) We kicked off 2021 with Fair Spring monthly themes!  With the success of Fair Fall in 2020, we continued the monthly themes and interactive resources […]

We’re Hiring: 2022-23 Fellowship Applications Now Open!

December 6, 2021

Learn more and apply here: https://bit.ly/FTCFellows2022-23 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, […]

The Road to Declaration: UW Madison

November 12, 2021

Many campaigns paused in early 2020 due to the pandemic, but the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campaign was just getting started. Jake McCulloch, the Office of Sustainability Project and Communications Specialist and lead organizer of the UW-Madison Fair Trade Campaign, teamed up with the Labor Codes and Licensing Advisory Committee (LCLAC) and in just 18 months […]

Fair Spring Programming

February 8, 2021

The Fair Trade Campaigns Fair Fall programming was a hit with campaigners and advocates alike! Did you miss out on the fun of Fair Fall? Don’t fret! We’ve condensed each of the months themes and resources in our blog post entitled, “Fielding Fair Fall.” Check it out here! With the success of Fair Fall, we […]

Fielding Fair Fall

February 3, 2021

In the fall of 2020, the Fair Trade Campaigns staff came together to ask the question, “How can we keep campaigners  engaged even amidst a world full of unanswered questions and fear?” We had to forgo Fair Trade Finals since so many campuses were remote or closing early, so coming up with a new solution […]

Farewells & Welcomes: Fair Trade Campaigns Fellows 2020/2021

October 19, 2020

The Fair Trade movement continues to grow across the U.S. and as we move through 2020, we are more grateful than ever for the strength of our regional networks. In light of COVID-19 and recent events, Fair Trade Campaigns has decided to restructure the regional networks into three new regions to promote further growth and accessibility for campaigners. In […]

Fair Trade Campaigns Announces the Launch of New Racial Justice Hub

October 1, 2020

  Fair Trade Campaigns is doubling down on our commitment to inclusion and equity by bringing a larger focus on racial justice to the Fair Trade conversation.  We are excited to be adding a hub of resources, along with upcoming goal revisions, aimed towards including and encouraging racial justice advocacy. Equipped with these resources, we […]

Los Angeles Becomes Largest Fair Trade City in North America

September 1, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 2nd, 2020 – Fair Trade Los Angeles is proud to announce Los Angeles’ official designation as the largest Fair Trade City in North America, and the fourth largest in the world, behind Seoul, Rio, and London. We join over 45 other municipalities across the U.S. already recognized as Fair Trade […]

Campaign Goals Revisions in Response to COVID-19

July 1, 2020

Dear advocates, Over the past few months since the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe and disrupted all of our lives in one way or another, we here at Fair Trade Campaigns have been strategizing around how to ensure that our campaigns can keep the momentum going. We’re excited to be able to share […]

How the University of Iowa Became the First Fair Trade University in the Big Ten

May 22, 2020

Wow, we made the University of Iowa a Fair Trade University! The news broke on April 8th after the President signed our resolution. Honestly, this was a shock to me. I did not expect administration to be focused on procurement policies during a global pandemic, but hey, I’m not complaining! Now that we’ve achieved our […]

We’re Hiring: 2020-21 Fellowship Applications Now Open!

April 16, 2020

Learn more and apply here: https://bit.ly/FTC2020-21Fellow 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, […]

Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19

April 6, 2020

By Billy Linstead Goldsmith, Director of Fair Trade Campaigns. As we all grapple with the upheaval to our everyday lives, our attention is naturally becoming hyper-focused on the things and people immediately surrounding us. For students, campuses closing with little warning has interrupted close friendships and campus initiatives. New learning styles are now required and […]

Highlights from the 2020 Virtual National Conference

April 1, 2020

From March 18th-21st, we brought over 400 Fair Trade partners, advocates and supporters together online for four days of learning, inspiration and exploring the intersectionality of the Fair Trade movement. Building on the energy of the 2018 conference in Washington, DC and the  2019 National Conference in Chicago, IL, it was an inspiring reminder of […]

Share the Love: Valentine’s Day 2020

January 14, 2020

On February 14, many of us take time to show extra love to the special people in our lives. This Valentine’s Day, we’re partnering with Alter Eco and inviting you to share the love with the farmers behind your Fair Trade chocolate. Why Chocolate? The global cocoa market’s value is estimated at almost $10 billion […]

Year in Review: Top 10 Achievements of 2019

December 20, 2019

2019 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 nearly 400 advocates, supporters and partners to the 2019 National Conference in Chicago, IL. In March 2019, we spent three inspiring days learning from leaders from across the Fair Trade […]