At Buena Vida Coffee, not only do we sell coffee in order to provide meals for children at Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos, but we also sell products with Fair Trade Certification. So what exactly does that mean? By getting Fair Trade certification, a company is actually helping other communities around the world thrive. Fair Trade certification means that there are funds to help social, economic, and environmental projects for different communities. It is also a way to let customers know that they are making a purchase that were produced ethically. Through Fair Trade, people are able to help put an end to issues such as child labor and poverty by simply buying products with the Fair Trade logo on it. Whenever customers purchase Fair Trade, farmers in developing countries are able to offer good prices and have more opportunities for trade. Fair Trade benefits over 70 countries including Africa, Asia, and South America.
Fair Trade is guided by six tenants which include: fair prices and credit, fair labor conditions, direct trade, democratic and transparent organizations, community development, and environmental sustainability. With fair prices, farmers are able to receive minimum floor price and pre-harvest credit. Fair labor conditions are the promise that people that are involved in production receive proper wages and treatment. Child and slave labor is not tolerated. The third tenant, or direct trade, affects how the farmers receive their products. Through fair trade, the person in the middle is eliminated so farmers can develop as their own business owners. Fair trade workers find organizations that are democratic and want to fund projects that help the surrounding community. This also includes local businesses, scholarships as well as training for business owners. Lastly, sustaining the environment by ending the use of harsh pesticides as well as non-GMOs is important to the organization as well.
Whenever someone purchases Fair Trade Certified products, they are not only purchasing high-quality items but they are giving a developing community the opportunity to thrive. For more information go to: www.fairtradeusa.org.
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