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Fair Trade Roundup: World Fair Trade Day Report Back

17th May, 2011 - Posted by Tex Dworkin - 2 Comments


Global Exchange is ramping up for our ninth annual Human Rights Awards Gala happening on June 1st at the historic Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco. Ben & Jerry’s Co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield attended the gala last year, but this is the first year they will emcee the event, so those who attend are in for an extra sweet treat (including Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream and Ben & Jerry sporting tuxedos!)

Ben and Jerry have been active participants in the Fair Trade movement; they recently launched a Fair Trade Certified ice-cream on Late Night With Jimmy Falon.

Since 2001, the Human Rights Awards Gala has brought together activists, supporters, and friends to recognize the efforts of exceptional individuals and organizations working for human rights from around the country and around the world. Find out who we are honoring this year by visiting

To purchase tickets: Order online (Early bird pricing ends May 17 11:59pm PST)

General event info: Visit


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Fair Trade Fund announced $33,000 in grant awards to build the Fair Trade movement. These Fair Trade Fund awards are designed to identify “break through” approaches to strengthening the Fair Trade movement.

Here’s how a few of these grants are being used:

  • Cooperative Coffees will use grant support to generate from Fair Trade coffee leaders the key practices needed to build sustainable companies.
  • A joint award to Cabrini College and St. Joseph’s University in the Philadelphia area will lead to the development of a consortium of change-maker universities in the region.

These Fair Trade Fund grants were made possible through the contributions of CRS partners and U.S. Catholics.

Fair Trade Federation Conference 2011 Photo Credit: Fair Trade Federation


Prospective FTF Member Webinar: On May 19th, FTF is hosting a webinar for prospective members to learn more about the application process. So if you know a Retailer, Cafe or Wholesaler you think would be interested, invite them to join this discussion of the FTF application process with Mary Parrish, FTF’s Membership and Program Manager.

FTF Conference Report Back: Fair Trade Federation hosted a conference in Milwaukee on May 6-8, 2011. Mary Parrish shared:

Congratulations to all of our award winners from the conference, and thanks to everyone who participated in the sessions and marketplace. It was truly an event where ideas were shared and we built relationships! Stay tuned to for copies of conference presentations, tips on getting involved, and photos!


FTRN reports:

Hundreds of World Fair Trade Day (WFTD) events took place in the US & Canada from May 1-15, as Fair Trade advocates celebrated the benefits of Fair Trade and built awareness of this hopeful way of doing business. With the largest number of events and participants taking place on May 14, actual World Fair Trade Day, N. America has already involved over 50,000 people – and we’re still counting! As reports are emailed to, the attendance tracker will be updated through the end of May.

So visit FTRN’s website to check the attendance tracker, plus see and add to the latest WFTD photos, videos and stories on their Facebook page.

2 Responses to “Fair Trade Roundup: World Fair Trade Day Report Back”

  • The other day I went to buy gar of honey. I found many brands but among them i found one with a free trade lable on it. I was shocked of the dispayed price which is double the other brands. Why the taxation system works againt free trade?

  • I hear ya, Hiwaar. I assume you meant to say “fair trade label.” If so, a “taxation system (that) works against the fair trade system” is not really the issue. There are many factors that go into establishing a fair trade price, and actually, many fair trade products are competitive in price to mainstream gourmet, specialty items. In the case of the honey you discovered, there could be many reasons why the price was doubled; was it organic, locally grown in small batches, limited quantity gourmet ingredients? So many factors go into product pricing, that it becomes difficult to say that the only difference in price between fair trade and not fair trade honey is due to the fair trade certification. Many other aspects of the honey could have resulted in this huge price difference.

    I hope this helps clarify things a bit…you might also check out the explanation on this topic from Fair Trade USA’s FAQ page:

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