More About Fair Trade
The word “fair” can mean a lot of different things to different people. Fair Trade is about more than just paying a fair wage. It means that trading partnerships are based on reciprocal benefits and mutual respect; that prices paid to producers reflect the work they do; that workers have the right to organize; that national health, safety, and wage laws are enforced; and that products are environmentally sustainable and conserve natural resources.
What Fair Trade products are available?
How do I know that a product is Fair Trade?
See Where to Buy Fair Trade page for more explanation and links.
Consumers in search of Fair Trade products have a vast array of products to choose from. Product labels, such as “Fair Trade Certified”, “Fair for Life Social & Fairtrade Certified”, and “FAIRTRADE” as well as membership in associations like Fair Trade Federation and World Fair Trade Organization, help identify Fair Trade products that are produced according to Fair Trade standards. Looking beyond the label to the trading relationship, consumers can identify Fair Trade standards that meet their values.
Do Fair Trade goods cost more than comparable non-Fair Trade goods?
In the case of agricultural goods, is the quality comparable to commercial products?
What is a fair wage?
How much money (percent of sale price) do the artisans make?
Because Fair Trade sales are still low compared to other sectors in northern markets, is Fair Trade’s impact significant?
Why do Fair Trade Organizations support cooperative workplaces?
How do Fair Trade Organizations offer financial support to producers?
How do Fair Trade Organizations offer technical support to producers?