11 Jan '12, 5pm

Fair Trade USA: Why We Parted Ways with Fair Trade International

I’d like to understand exactly what Fair Trade Certified will mean under the new Fair Trade USA Standards? This piece talks a lot about spreading the Fair Trade benefits to more people, but what are those benefits? The piece has an important typo too,as it’s not 2 million living on less than $2 a day, its 2 BILLION! Funny that fact would be be goofed by FTUSA. I think for to regain credibility, FTUSA needs to explain their benefits more clearly. Licensing fees for the the FTUSA seal should not be related to total sales volumes so as to have no conflict of interest in enforcing their standard. This point alone makes for greater integrity in other certfiers such as IMO Fair For Life who charge the same for inspection regardless of the sales volume. It is highly unlikely a Wall Street corporation cheating the fair trade system will ever be held accountable by FTUSA as it woul...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/01/fair-trade-all-fair-t...

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