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Green & Black’s Turns Away from Fair Trade

Green & Black Chocolate Bar

by Kerstin Lindgren We have been sounding the alarm about Mondelez’s Cocoa Life program ever since the mega chocolate company announced its iconic brand Cadbury would drop fair trade in favor of Cocoa Life. While we acknowledged that a company with as many supply chain and ethical issues as Mondelez may be best left out […]

NAFTA Objectives Confirm Intent for Unfair Trade

Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation

On Monday the U.S. Trade Representative’s office released initial trade objectives for the Trump Administration’s NAFTA renegotiation. Rather than accounting for the calls from public health, labor, and sustainable agriculture groups to make NAFTA a truly fair agreement, the goals reflect elements of recent poorly crafted trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Specifically, they lack […]

Yes the Fight for $15 Is Still On

Fight for $15 demonstration outside of Trump Tower - 2017

A new study this month raised alarm bells with its conclusion that Seattle’s new minimum wage law, currently on track to raise wages to $15/hour for all workers, is not having a net positive impact for low-wage workers.  The study found that although the hourly wage for the lowest paid workers increased, the number of […]

At Last, a Fair Contract for Berry Workers

berry picking in fields - Photo Credit: Familias Unidas

On June 19th workers started harvesting strawberries at Sakuma Brothers Farm in Washington. The first day of picking is always a seasonal milestone, but this year there was particular significance. For the first time workers are protected by a contract and a union. For the last four years, the season started with labor disputes and […]

Fair World Project Condemns U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

Fair World Project joins the majority of the U.S. population in expressing our disappointment, sadness, and outrage that President Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement. Climate change is already having a real effect on real people every day, especially those already in vulnerable circumstances and marginalized communities. Small-scale farmers are feeling the economic impact […]

Ivanka Trump’s Very Bad Answer to the Question “Who Made My Clothes”

Ivanka Trump Uses Sweatshops for Clothing Line

Fashion Revolution Week 2017 (April 24-30) marked the four-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in which over a thousand workers were killed when their visible unsafe factory collapsed. Consumers marked the week by asking “Who Made My Clothes.” This is a way to share brands and retailers that consumers care about the people who […]

A Deep Dive into Ethical Label Claims

Cocoa farmer in Colombia

The Washington Post recently published a provocative infographic about ethical chocolate and what those labels on your chocolate bar might mean. Included were three fair trade labels that originally aimed to empower marginalized farming communities in the most socially and economically disadvantaged parts of the world. Rainforest Alliance, a label with some basic social and […]

Marches for Transparency, Climate Justice, and Inclusion Planned – All Invited to Take Action!

Contact your member of Congress

Over 300,000 people marched during the people’s climate march in New York in 2014. Over a half million people marched in Washington DC for the Women’s March in January of this year with millions of other participating in similar marches around the world. These events demonstrated loudly and clearly the demand of people for policies […]

Five Ways to Have a Voice and Get Involved

climate march

President Trump’s initial budget proposal called for massive budget reductions to programs like environmental protection, safe food, and sustainable agriculture. Coupled with new policy initiatives such as a proposed but abandoned national healthcare law that would have caused 24 million people to lose insurance access, two attempts by the new administration to restrict immigration from […]

Beware of the Bilateral Trade Deal

NAFTA Kills Jobs...

The trade priorities of President Obama included negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Both were massive agreements, TPP involving 12 countries responsible for 40% of the global economy and TTIP directly encompassing the European Union and United States, but with far reaching consequences for other countries. Both agreements, […]