Buying fair trade products is a concrete way to build a brighter future for women who struggle to live a life with dignity. Want to magnify your global impact? Pick one (or more) of these suggested actions below to increase awareness about fair trade in your local community or nationwide.
Promote fair trade among local retailers. Visit stores in your community, such as coffee houses and independent boutiques, to discuss the benefits of and growing demand for fair trade products. To get started, visit the Fair Trade Resource Network for the basic information you’ll need when speaking to local merchants.
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Newspapers are still an incredibly effective way to get the word out on important causes like fair trade. Check out the learn section of our website for information that can help you craft your letter, or ask us to send you a sample letter.
Organize to make your community a fair trade town. There are already more than 20 localities in the U.S.—and counting—that have achieved the five major requirements to become a certified fair trade town. Among the conditions are a minimum number of local fair trade vendors, a certain number of organizations and social groups that use fair trade products at their events, and an ordinance passed by the town council in support of fair trade. For more information, check out the national campaign.
Contact your elected representatives. Resolutions advancing the causes of fair trade and global development are constantly presented before Congress. E-mailing your representative takes only a few minutes, and it can make a world of difference on these acts and resolutions.
Visit D.C. to tell your representatives about your position. Citizens Trade provides guidelines on planning your visit to the nation’s capital.
Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN)
FTRN seeks to build a more just and sustainable world by gathering, developing, and disseminating educational resources about Fair Trade.
Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO)
FLO is an umbrella organization that unites labeling initiatives in 21 countries and producer networks representing fair trade-certified producer organizations in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia.
Fair Trade Federation (FTF)
FTF is an association of fair trade wholesalers and retailers whose members are fully committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide. Global Goods Partners is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)
WFTO works to improve the livelihoods and well-being of disadvantaged producers by linking and promoting fair trade organizations, and speaking out for greater justice in world trade.