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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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On October 4, the fair trade movement in Canada will be losing a key leader as Jennifer Williams steps down from her position as the CEO of La Siembra (Camino). After 10 years at the helm, Jennifer Williams will be missed. 

--Letter from the La Siembra Board of Directors--

July 10, 2013
Dear Partners and Stakeholders
It is with regret that the board of directors of La Siembra Co-operative formally accepts the resignation of Jennifer Williams, CEO who will be stepping down from the helm effective October 4th, 2013.

In her 10 years with the co-operative,...

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Despite being popular worldwide, cocoa requires specific growing conditions that are generally found within 20 degrees north and south of the equator.[1] For many countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, cocoa represents a significant portion of their national economies. Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the two largest cocoa-producing countries in the world, respectively produced 1,242,000...

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By Zack Gross

Fair Trade in Canada has come a long way in the last 25-or-so years. In the late 80s, the organization I worked for, the Marquis Project, began selling those not-particularly-tasty bricks of Bridgehead ground coffee, along with crafts we brought in from partners in East Africa.

In those days, you’d often see me carrying large hockey bags full of goods across borders and through airports. Fair Trade was in its infancy, and few consumers took the long walk down our dark office hallways to purchase our products. We probably sold only a few dozen bags of coffee each...

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