With every purchase—from coffee to clothes—consumers can vote with their dollars for a fairer, more equitable world. Fair Trade USA imagines a world where farmers, workers, and businesses come together to produce food and create goods in a way that sustains people and the planet. As a 501(c)(3) based in Oakland, California, Fair Trade USA has made tremendous progress in advancing this vision since 1998. Today more than 1,300 businesses sell Fair Trade Certified products from more than 70 countries. The farmers, workers and fishers producing these goods have received more than $740 million in additional financial impact, which has been used to provide access to clean water, build new schools, develop health clinics and improve agricultural practices.
Fair Trade USA certifies farms, factories, and fisheries around the world that meet rigorous environmental and labor standards. For our agricultural work, produce harvested on fair trade farms is sold as Fair Trade Certified to retailers—such as Costco, Safeway, Kroger, and Whole Foods—who in turn sell that produce to consumers. In addition to receiving workplace benefits and protections, workers earn additional income from the fair trade program. For every Fair Trade product sold, the business selling it pays an additional amount of money into a Community Development Premium Fund. From there, the farmworkers decide together how to spend the funds to improve their lives and meet their unique community needs.
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