We are committed to operating our business with transparency while serving the best interest of our artisan communities, retail partners and shoppers like you. We follow strict standards including paying 50% in advance on all orders, working with cooperatives on production design and providing feedback so artisans can adapt to changing market demands. See below to learn more about the principles of fair trade and other organizations committed to transforming international trade.
World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)
The WFTO is a network of Fair Trade Organizations (FTOs) from all over the world. This includes over 220 FTOs in 59 countries. Whether the FTO is a co-operative, export company, wholesaler or retailer, all of WFTO's members share the mission: "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."
TransFair USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the only independent, third-party certifier of Fair Trade practices in the United States. Through regular visits to Fair Trade farmer cooperatives conducted by Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO), and partnerships with US companies, TransFair verifies that the farmers who produced Fair Trade CertifiedT products were paid a fair price. In addition to coffee, TransFair has introduced Fair Trade Certified tea and cocoa to the US market.
Oxfam - Make Trade Fair Campaign
Oxfam International launched a major Make Trade Fair campaign in the spring of 2001. The goals of this campaign are to expose and change the severe inequities that exist in the international trading system
Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO International)
Based in Germany, FLO International determines what products will be labeled as fair trade. This is done using strict criteria to ensure Fair Trade standards, assess that a Fair Trade label will socially and economically benefit the producer, guarantee a living wage to the producers, and enforce the proper use of Fair Trade labels.
Fair Trade Federation (FTF)
FTF is an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.
United Students for Fair Trade (USFT)
USFT is a collaboration of American and Canadian students raising awareness of fair trade. These students work with commodities and retail companies, NGOs and producers to inspire consumers to buy fair trade. USFT is involved in over 100 Fair Trade initiatives ranging from small markets to supermarkets and small colleges to medical schools.
Fair Trade Resource Network
The Fair Trade Resource Network's goal is to raise consumer awareness about improving people's lives through Fair Trade alternatives.