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Michael Gidney, Fairtrade Foundation Chief Executive, says that "though progress has been made -- we must do more to make supply chains fairer and markets more secure for farmers and workers who produce the food we love."

His message is important in looking at where we stand in our mission to support producers in developing communities, but it also highlights that this work is ongoing.

Gidney recently returned from a visit to smallhoder tea...

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By Sasha Caldera and Sean McHugh

Public Works and Government Services of Canada (PWGSC) spends $14 billion dollars on goods for departments, agencies and crown corporations[1], yet it is difficult to ensure  that purchases of international products such as coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar and cotton uniforms don’t exacerbate issues of poverty, child labour, human trafficking and sweatshop labour. This is because...

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Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Recently, Social Conscience Fair Trade Sports Balls have announced that they have been working with the organization to produce its iconic red soccer ball. 

Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps one million children in more...

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The Wall Street Journal recently covered the announcement of SFU and Starbucks to offer Fairtrade certified coffee at the SFU retail location.

It is the first Starbucks in Canada to offer a Fairtrade-certified option for its handcrafted espresso beverages, in addition to an already certified brewed coffee option. According to the university's...

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By Mark McLaughlin

When I first arrived at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in January 2012, I quickly discovered that a passionate group of students and staff were working to change our campus policies and procurement habits in order for us to become designated as a Fair Trade Campus. What’s more, they decided to appoint me as the new chair of the SFU Fair Trade Committee.

The problem for me was that I didn’t know what fair trade was really about. I had previously seen fair trade coffee for sale in specialty coffee shops and on grocery store shelves, but why was this so...

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