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Fair Trade

The Terrible Legacy of Unenforced Trade Laws

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Over the past several weeks, as Alcoa and Century cut aluminum production nationwide, James Markus, a 23-year-veteran aluminum worker, acutely felt the pain of those laid off.

Direct Trade Is Fair Trade (Without the Other Eight Principles)

Dana Geffner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Dana Geffner

Any number of roasters may pay a decent price for coffee, visit a farm, or offer a good cup. But no matter how much direct trade coffee you buy, or fair trade coffee for that matter, we won't transform the current system that puts corporate profits first and marginalizes small-scale farmers until we become politically engaged and start supporting the democratic organizations that advocate and agitate for change from the grassroots up.

3 Things to Know for Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade USA | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade Month is a time to spread the word about who and where our products come from. This means putting the spotlight on challenges like child labor in cocoa and slavery in seafood, and also celebrating the farms, factories, brands and retailers that are doing things differently.

TPP: Foie Gras For Corporations; Dead Rats For Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

There's no reason for the US to swallow a trade deal filled with rotten rodent terms. American workers know for sure that if the scheme contains any foie gras, it'll be served on silver platters to corporations while workers are force-fed rats. America should withdraw. Congress should reject the TPP.

Despite Deal, Resistance to TPP Grows in All Corners

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Protesters warned about the problems the Pacific Rim trade deal could bring to people around the world. Whether it's jobs being shipped overseas and wages being driven down in the U.S., medicine prices going through the roof, more pollution or unsafe food and products heading to our shores as a result of this bad trade deal, that wasn't enough to sway TPP negotiators.

Have Some Tea and Sympathy for Fair Trade Month

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 10.02.2015 | Green
Maisie Ganzler

Workers on both tea plantations and small farms often face sexual harassment and other human-rights abuses, cripplingly low wages, and health issues caused by the backbreaking work of picking and pesticide exposure.

CRS and LWR Honor the Millions of Unsung Heroes Behind Your Morning Java

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Beyond the small-scale farmers who grow your coffee are countless millions of farmworkers -- the men, women and children who toil in anonymity in the coffee fields to make your daily habit possible, sometimes under conditions that are an affront to human dignity.

Mexican Art Collector and Philanthropist Calls for 'Fair Trade' in the Art World

MutualArt | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts

Lorena Junco de la Vega is an art collector with a purpose. But simply collecting art, she found, was not enough -- particularly in a country with a general lack of infrastructure, education, and international dialogue to support contemporary art.

This Labor Day, Americans Deserve A Raise And Fair Trade

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We can afford to pay workers fairly and it is the right thing to do. We also need equal pay for equal work. Today, women, on average, still earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. It is even less for women of color -- for African-American women it's 64 cents and for Latinas it's 55 cents. This is unacceptable.

Is Refugee Labor the New Fair Trade Issue?

Daphne Mallory | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Daphne Mallory

The main goal of Fair Trade certified products is to encourage the economic growth of disadvantaged communities in developing countries and to improve the quality of life for farmers, workers and their families. What if those farmers and workers are brought here?

Looking For The Safest, Healthiest Pet Food? Good Luck With That.

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

Eight years ago, thousands of dogs and cats died after being poisoned by tainted food. The world's biggest pet food companies pulled more than 100 di...

The End of a Label Whore

Stephanie Powell | Posted 08.04.2015 | Style
Stephanie Powell

I look around at my home now, a mix of things purchased without question and sustainable ethical goods, and a closet full of labels. Never once had I thought of whose hands made them.

Obama Political Staff Overruled Human Rights Experts On Slavery Report

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top diplomats at the State Department repeatedly overruled human rights experts in the crafting of a recent report on human trafficking...

Obama Shrugs Off Global Slavery To Protect Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration outraged human rights advocates on Monday by removing Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human traffi...

So You Say You're an Ethical Shopper

Michael Hobbes | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Michael Hobbes

Consumer movements are never going to end sweatshops. We can lean on multinational corporations all we want, they don't have the information or the power to ensure decent factories, and neither do we.

Donald Trump Won't Make His Clothes In America But These Awesome Designers Will

David Dietz | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
David Dietz

While Trump has been his usual all talk and no action when it comes to bringing his clothing to the US, there is a renaissance underway in American apparel manufacturing.

Senators Press Kerry On Slavery About-Face

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

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TPP Is Not the Answer

Chantal Thomas | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chantal Thomas

The most salient "add-on" feature of the TPP is its investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, which gives investors private rights of action against governments outside the court system. The problem is not so much that it violates rule of law and sovereignty, but that it shrinks the actual and potential role of the public.

Zach Carter

Senate Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority After Contentious Battle | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made it official on Wednesday, granting President Barack Obama the power to streamline passage of major trade pacts with Paci...

Zach Carter

Here Are The Trade Fight's Biggest Winners And Losers | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The bruising battle over President Barack Obama's trade agenda was very likely decided on Tuesday as the Senate advanced a fast-track bi...

Zach Carter

Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade | Zach Carter | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday handed President Barack Obama the biggest legislative victory of his second term, with a dramatic vote clearing th...

When Sex Does Not Sell: How Faith Influences What We Buy

David Briggs | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Be sensitive to local markets with targeted campaigns, some scholars advise. What sells in Beverly Hills may not go over so well in Manhattan, Kansas.

Zach Carter

Democrats Throw A Wrench Into Republicans' Trade Strategy | Zach Carter | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Key Democratic lawmakers, led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), sent a letter on Wednesday to Senate leaders saying they do not support a n...

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Explains Obama's Trade Troubles | Zach Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Friday, voting down a bill that would have cleared the way for ...

What Kind of Parent Sends a Child Off to Do Dangerous Work?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.12.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Ending child labor requires fair wages for adults, adequate legal protections for children and access to health care and education. Education is absolutely critical in the fight against child labor. Where there are few educational opportunities for children to choose another path in life, they work because it prepares them for the life they are going to lead.