October is Fair Trade Month!

Happy October! While Fall and Halloween are finally arriving, lets talk about something else that is special about the month of October- it’s Fair Trade Month! For those who don’t know, Fair Trade is a certification that companies seek to earn. Fair Trade strives  to “empower family farmers and workers around the world, while enriching the lives of those struggling in poverty.” Fair Trade works to get a good price for a farmers product, while still creating healthy and safe working conditions for workers who will get a decent wage for their efforts. Fair Trade is also eco-friendly and they strive to make products that help the environment.

Fair Trade has gone global. They are reaching new heights to the number of products they license. In 2015, the number of home goods products that were certified was 2.7 million. If you want to buy something that is Fair Trade Certified, visit a Whole Foods because they sell some of their products. Or visit a Starbucks for a nice cup of coffee while also contributing to Fair Trade worldwide. Places all over the world carry Fair Trade, and it’s not far away from you. Companies all over strive to earn the Fair Trade certification. Businesses work hard every day to live up to the expectations of being Fair Trade certified, and businesses who aren’t certified by it work to earn to earn the title.

Fair Trade producers strive to be the best they can be, and they have specific values that embody what they reach for as a company. Those values are- empowerment, integrity, sustainability, excellence, innovation, community, personal development, fairness, and impact. They believe that the best way to help the world globally is through empowerment of workers. They strive to do business with honest people and work with good morals. They are eco-friendly to the world. They try to achieve their mission by making the quality of life in the people excellent. They encourage others to work on themselves and that why they can achieve excellence. They work within the community for a better impact on everyone as a whole. They make opportunities for everyone’s benefit. They work towards improving the world. Overall, Fair Trade is a certification that works to benefit lives, create jobs, and produce products around the world. To read more about their mission, visit here: http://fairtradeusa.org/

Fighting for Freedom

Jenny

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