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On November 10, 2018, 14 Canadians set out for Peru, to visit producers of coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, and bananas. Thanks in part to the funds raised during the Fair Trade Bake Sale in September 2017, we selected two students—one from McGill and one from University of Ottawa—to join us in Peru.

The trip provided an incredible opportunity to learn about agriculture, yields, pricing, premium use, processing, packing, export, and development. As our global economy shifts and our supply chains grow longer, these trips are invaluable. Furthermore, as we shift towards...

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November 28, 2018 | Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg School Division’s (WSD) Tec Voc High School today celebrated its official designation as a Fair Trade School. The designation recognizes the school’s commitment to purchases and actions supporting workers and producers in the Global South.

“We’re very proud of this recognition and encourage all schools to join us in becoming Fair Trade designated,” says Sarah Dela Cruz, student member of the Tec Voc Fair Trade Committee. In honour of the recognition, Tec Voc served up samples of local...

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It's that time of the year again! Nomintaions for the Canadian Fairtrade Awards are now open, with 14 categories ranging from Campus and Town of the year, to Fair Trade All Star and Product of the Year. Every year, Canada's Fair Trade champions are recognized at the Awards Ceremony, taking place during the National Fair Trade Conference. If you know of a group or individual that has pushed forward the Fair Trade agenda in their community and suits one of the categories, please fill out a nomination form! You can also nominate your own group.

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Many people use the term “fair trade”, but what does it actually mean? On September 25th, 2018, with efforts led by the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization, and over 400 organizations around the world, the new International Fair Trade Charter was officially launched. The Charter sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

If we want the SDGs to be realized, we must provide a framework for equitable trade models....

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In June 2011, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council unanimously passed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These principles outline obligations for state governments and businesses to have standards for respecting human rights and freedoms—specifically in preventing forced labour and modern slavery—in their supply chains. 

The UN Guiding Principles represent a platform for coordinated multilateral action on regulation of businesses in the field of forced labour, and a growing number of governments around the world are taking legal action to ensure the...

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