29 Sep '11, 11pm

Fair Trade: Even in tough times, it’s growing fast | new blogpost #food

Fair Trade: Even in tough times, it’s growing fast | new blogpost #food

It’s important to remember that Fair Trade Certified is just one of many certifications seeking to improve labor and financial practices in international trade, and that none is foolproof. IMO Fair for Life, Utz Certified and Rainforest Alliance all have the same core labor and wage requirements as Fair Trade Certified – generally focused on ILO Conventions and applicable national laws – and audits to assess practices. Fair Trade Certified is unique regarding the minimum price, however. Many brands have their own standards with some auditing their production and purchasing (Starbucks is a great example), as all should. Granted, no system is perfect, every one is idealized and there’s diversity within a given initiative. Most certifications audit only a small percentage of producers in a given co-op, leaving many unknowns about the others, and Fair Trade USA doesn’t necessa...

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