What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is a social movement and alternative system of international trade that aims to protect the human rights of marginalized workers in developing countries, promote sustainability, and support healthy communities for workers and their families. The Fair Trade system guarantees:

  • A fair and stable price for producers in developing countries
  • The protection of labor standards for producers and workers
  • The safeguarding of environmental standards with regard to the production
  • Support for education, health care and community development in the communities of the producers

The Fair Trade movement advocates for marginalized workers, aiming to help producers find economic sustainability and use their land in an environmentally sustainable way. It focuses, in particular, on exports from developing countries to developed countries, especially coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas and fresh fruit.

Fair Trade certification has only recently begun to reach the apparel industry. Some of our suppliers are Fair Trade certified, but the certification process is slow and beginning with just a handful of small scale companies. Other companies have been producing and trading ethically in the absence of certification for many years. Certified or not, we do our very best to ensure that the suppliers to this website all pay their workers a living wage; have worker ownership, a union, or some other form of democratic workers' organization; have safe working conditions in their factories; and strive for environmental and community sustainability.