World Fair Trade Day is a global celebration of fair trade bringing together thousands committed to building healthy and sustainable communities world-wide. When you choose fair trade products and ingredients, you help improve the lives of farmers, farm-workers, producers and their families.
World Fair Trade Day (WFTD), is a wonderful time to be inspired by the great work that many mission driven companies are doing to support a just economy. While governments and transnational companies favor corporate globalization that benefits only the 1%, creating larger economic gaps between the rich and poor, you can feel confident that when you purchase products from our WFTD partner brands, these ethical businesses put people and the planet before profits. Purchasing their products is a first step towards an ethical and sustainable marketplace.
This year, World Fair Trade Day fell on May 10 and was supported by partner brands Alaffia, Alter Eco, Canaan Fair Trade, Divine Chocolate, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Equal Exchange, Farmer Direct, Guayaki Yerba Mate and Maggie's Organics. More than 1100 natural product retailers celebrated WFTD this May and helped raise fair trade awareness nation-wide.
Next year World Fair Trade Day will be celebrated on May 9th. We hope you'll join us! Check back early next year for more details.
To learn more about fair trade, watch our new educational video "Free Trade vs. Fair Trade".
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
Learn more about other fair trade organizations that are committed to working towards a just economy on our Allied Organizations page and by clicking on World Fair Trade Day partner logos below.