Corporate consolidation was already a threat for small businesses and small-scale producers. Now, the economic impacts of COVID-19 could leave us with even fewer options, increasing our dependence on just a few corporate monopolies. Mission-driven businesses and small-scale farmers need your support now more than ever.
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Madewell and J.Crew launched a line of “Fair Trade Certified Denim” but there is one thing missing: the fair trade certified cotton. That’s why we’re calling on Madewell and their parent company J.Crew to stop fairwashing and commit to actually using fair trade cotton for their “Fair Trade Denim Jeans.”
Twice in nine months, labor inspectors found slave labor on Braziilian plantations where Starbucks buys their C.A.F.E. Practices certified coffee. Their in-house certification scheme claims “99% ethical coffee”, but it’s becoming more and more clear: These standards are glossing over a serious problem.
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