Fair Trade Links:
Major player in the fair-trade movement. "In order to co-ordinate
the work of the national initiatives and more efficiently run the monitoring
programmes, an umbrella organization, FLO was set up in April 1997. A
central responsibility for FLO is to collect data and ensure the audit
of all Fairtrade labelled products from the producer to the supermarket
shelf. One of its aims is to see the introduction of a single international
Fairtrade label. The national initiatives retain responsibility for marketing
and promoting Fairtrade in their respective countries." Contains
standards for the fair-trade production of coffee, tea, sportsballs, bananas,
rice and more.
"Equal Exchange was founded in 1986 to create a new approach to trade,
one that includes informed consumers, honest and fair trade relationships
and cooperative principles. As a worker-owned co-op, we have accomplished
this by offering consumers fairly traded gourmet coffee direct from small-scale
farmer co-ops in Latin America, Africa and Asia."
Exchange, Fair Trade Campaign
Background information on Fair Trade and detailed information on the Fair
Trade Coffee campaign from a major NGO.
Federation of Fair Trade producers, with contact information for those
fair trade producers, and online stores of fair trade goods.
"Co-op America, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982,
provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools
for businesses and individuals to address today's social and environmental
problems." Contains links to "green" businesses in the
"green pages online", fair trade producers, socially responsible
investment information, anti-sweatshop initiatives.
The Crafts Center
Seeks to connect small producers in the developing world to consumers
in the industrialized world interested in purchasing ethically produced
United States fair trade certifier. "TransFair USA is the only non-profit
certification organization for Fair Trade products in the US. We have
a two-fold mission: 1) to increase the availability of Fair Trade Certified
products throughout the country by creating partnerships with industry,
and 2) to increase consumer awareness about the importance of Fair Trade,
thereby building consumer demand for Fair Trade Certified products"
UK arm of the Fairtrade Labelling Organization.