Photographer James Rodríguez shares insights and experiences from his Fair Trade journey
Today, we are honored to share a Q&A with one of our very talented friends, photojournalist James Rodríguez. James is an independent U.S.-Mexican documentary photographer based in Guatemala since 2004.
Today's guest blog post is brought to us by Operation Groundswell, a travel organization that has generated a movement of socially conscious and globally aware activists, better known as 'backpacktivists.' It takes participants on a Fair Trade journey through Guatemala, where they deconstruct myths about Fair Trade and learn about the complexities of the coffee industry, all while working alongside local coffee farmers.
Oliberté supports Africa’s growing middle class through Fair Trade footwear
Today, we are honored to share a Q&A with one of our valued Fair Trade partners, Oliberté. Tal Dehtiar is the founder of Oliberté, the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear business. At their factory in Ethiopia, Oliberté works to empower African workers by creating jobs emphasizing environmental sustainability and workplace equity for men and women. Read on to learn more about Oliberté’s unique vision and their ongoing efforts to bolster Africa’s middle class with the help of Fair Trade.
At its core Fair Trade is about sustainability, in every sense of the word. Social sustainability. Environmental sustainability. Economic sustainability. As such, the Fair Trade Certified label has become an international symbol of responsible farming practices, as well as a reflection of brand and consumer values. It is this distinction, of Fair Trade as a mission-driven certification, which has led some to question whether it can be anything else. They wonder--can a cup of coffee that does good also taste good?