What is Fair Trade?


One of the most important aspects of Fair Trade is this: funds are specifically designated for social, economic and environmental development projects. However, we don’t pretend to know what’s best for each community. That’s why we’ve enabled a democratic system where each community determines how their funds are used. Click through the examples below to see how developing communities all over the world have used the funds from Fair Trade to improve their quality of life.

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Fair Trade and the Environment

Farmers learn and implement environmentally sustainable practices.

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Fair Trade Enables Access to Education

Access to Education

Revenues are set aside to build schools and help maintain enrollment.

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Building Sustainable Business 

Workers are empowered to demand fair wages and treatment.

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An Alternative to Aid

Farmers are given market-based tools to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Fair Trade Empowers Women

A Better Life for Women 

Women are guaranteed health care, rights and freedom from harassment.

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Investment in Health

Workers and their families gain access to doctors, medicine and proper nutrition.

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