Make a Global Impact During National Fair Trade Month
National Fair Trade Month, observed in October, is a time to celebrate and raise awareness about the principles of fair trade. It's a month dedicated to recognizing the importance of ethical and sustainable business practices in global trade. Fair trade promotes fair wages, safe working conditions, and environmentally responsible production methods, ultimately empowering marginalized communities and promoting economic justice. During this month, shoppers are encouraged to choose products (#FindFairTrade) that bear the fair trade label, supporting farmers and artisans in developing countries while enjoying high-quality goods. National Fair Trade Month reminds us of the power we hold as consumers to make choices that positively impact the lives of people worldwide and the health of our planet.
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HOW CAN I OBSERVE FAIR TRADE MONTH?
During the month of October, search social media #FindFairTrade and use your purchasing power to support those businesses. You can also do a Google search for a list of retail stores and online shops.
Share Fair Trade Resources
The actual definition of fair trade is confusing to many. Share resources from the Fair Trade Federation on your social media page or in your community to help others learn.
Join the Fair Trade Federation
If you are a business owner, you can become a member online. This membership comes with benefits like a business community, annual conference, and other leadership opportunities.
MYTHS ABOUT FAIR TRADE
Fair Trade is not a charity. Fair Trade is a global movement that makes sustainable development goals for small businesses, such as local farmers and artisans, a reality. It is about providing quality products, improving lives, and protecting the environment.
It’s More Expensive
Most fair trade items are competitively priced with American goods that are also handmade.
It Takes Away U.S. Jobs
Most of the products and services offered through fair trade are not generally available in the U.S. These unique products represent diversity, and culture, and are not replacing U.S. products and services.
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT FAIR TRADE MONTH?
It Supports a Fair System
The Fair Trade Federation is a non-profit trade association that provides support to and promotes U.S. businesses that they recognize as being entirely committed to the principles of fair trade. The business is held accountable for operating under a higher standard of respect and transparency.
It’s About Creating Opportunity
The fair trade system spreads this opportunity to developing nations and business people. This helps business owners and entrepreneurs in developing countries have a chance to succeed in creating their own business and well-being.
While searching for new businesses that are Fair Trade certified, you’ll find all kinds of unique, international products, cultures, and ways of life that you may not normally find.