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Commerce Without Exploitation: Why World Fair Trade Day Matters

The Fair Trade Movement recognizes that the nearly half of the world's population involved in food production deserves to be fairly compensated.


Over 20 million people work in food sector in the US, and over 2 billion more around the world– 40% of the world's population– work on small scale farms. These billions of people are among the most exploited and poorest in the world. They plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve and sell the products we consume, but many live below the living wage. This has prompted a global "fair trade" movement calling for a change in the terms of trade between primary producers, the companies that buy and ship their produce, and consumers, ensuring that the prices of primary goods provide a decent living for the people who make them and help sustain communities. 


On May 10, 2014, people around the world will join in celebrating World Fair Trade Day,  an international celebration and promotion of Fair Trade. It is the largest Fair Trade event in North America with around 100,000 people attending 1000 events here in the US and in Canada. With Fair Trade shops offering discounts here in the US, this day will motivate consumers to support Fair Trade businesses and push more businesses to include Fair Trade products in their offices and stores. Help improve the lives of farmers, farm-workers, producers and their families by choosing Fair Trade products and taking part in World Fair Trade Day.


Support efforts to create a just economy and remember that when you chose to purchase Fair Trade, you support:

  • Long-term direct trading relationships
  • Prompt payment of fair prices and wages
  • No child, forced or otherwise exploited labor
  • Workplace non-discrimination, gender equity and freedom of association
  • Investment in community development projects
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Traceability and transparency
  • Safe working conditions and reasonable work hours


Check out these three calendars to find World Fair Trade Day events taking place near you: