If you're angry about the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh last week that killed more than 400 people, look at your own closet to see where some of the blame lies.
By Susanna Bair
Andrew Savitz, founder of Sustainable Business Strategies and author of books including Talent, Transformation and the Triple Bottom Line, recalls how one freezing January night, he saw an old woman in rags, sleeping in the gutter of one of the most fashionable shopping districts in Paris. The image prompted him to dedicate his life "to finding ways to unleash or harness the power of the free market, so that no one has to live like that."
Fair Trade USA and Partners Drive 18 Percent Growth in Fair Trade Certified Coffee Imports; Farming Communities Earn Additional $32 Million in Premiums
OAKLAND, Calif. (April 10, 2013) – Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, today announced that Fair Trade Certified™ coffee imports hit an all-time high in 2012: 163 million pounds were imported into the United States and Canada, representing an 18 percent increase over 2011. This growth, driven by Fair Trade USA’s more than 400 coffee importing and roasting partners, helped farmers and workers earn an additional $32 million in Community Development Premiums.
By Mary Jo Cook, Chief Impact Officer, FairTrade USA
Published in Partnership with Reuters AlertNet and in advance of the 2013 Skoll World Forum. Watch the live stream April 10-12 by clicking here.