Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to empowering developing country producers and promoting sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, and flowers.
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Fair Trade Federation – The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade.
TransFair USA – TransFair USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. They achieve this mission by certifying and promoting Fair Trade products.
Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International –From headquarters in Bonn, Germany, they set international Fairtrade standards and support Fairtrade producers.
Global Exchange – Information about the fair trade coffee movement.
Catholic Relief Services: Fair Trade – Resources on Fair Trade.
Fair Trade Resource Network – The Fair Trade Resource Network is an information hub designed to grow the fair trade movement.
Fair Trade Judaica – Identifies and promotes fair trade judaica.
Religious Action Center – Fair Trade Coffee – Resources about fair trade coffee.
Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.