Highlights from the 2017 360° Fair Trade Conference & Expo

The Fair Trade Federation’s 360° Fair Trade Conference and Expo is the largest fair trade conference in the United States.

Verifying Fair Trade Businesses: Rigorous, Educational, and Valuable for All

Becoming FTF Verified Applying for Fair Trade Federation membership means undergoing a deep investigation into the fair trade practices incorporated into every aspect of a business. Business owners and employees demonstrate how they build fair trade practices into day-to-day operations and trading relationships. They sometimes need to reevaluate those practices and make adjustments to meet […]


True fair trade is about mutually beneficial relationships rooted in trust and respect spanning geographic and cultural boundaries. As a global movement, fair trade brings attention to people around the world who work under exploitative conditions and highlights the true costs of goods in global supply chains. Organizations and activists, businesses and brands, farmers, workers […]

Retailers: Creating emotional connections with customers will give you an advantage in 2017

One thing that should be no surprise to many fair trade retailers, is that the retail marketplace is becoming increasingly more challenging. Much has been written and speculated on the topic, but one truth remains constant: It is essential to build an emotional connection and meaningful relationship with your customers. A 2016 Harvard Business Review […]

Alternatives to Average Gifts this Season

How transparent are the companies and brands we support? Think about the average gift we give during the holidays. We often do not know who make it, what materials have gone into it, or the methods behind its production. What are the conditions for the workers creating these products? Did they receive a fair wage? […]

How is fair trade helping the United Nations achieve its goals?

At this time each year, presidents, diplomats, and representatives from all nations gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York, NY for the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The UNGA deliberates on urgent and important global issues, such as security, poverty, and migration. This year’s UNGA has an important emphasis on implementation of the UN […]

Fair Trade, Free Trade: Similar in Name Only

During this election season “free trade” and “fair trade” have become topics of interest and debate, both on the front pages and in the minds of voters and consumers. Due to the similarity of the phrases there is often confusion and misunderstanding about their meaning. It is common to hear the terms used interchangeably or […]

Canadian Fair Trade Handmade Guide

Our FTF community includes dozens of Canadian businesses that do extraordinary work with artisans around the world. We were excited to partner with Canadian Fair Trade Network to create this guide and shine a spotlight on their incredible handmade products.

2016 Fair Trade Stores and Cafés Guide

Find a fair trade store or café in your area!

What Do You Know About the Business Behind Your Coffee?

How fully fair trade brands are transforming the industry.