09 Feb Five Fair Trade organizations doing it well
OK, so you’ve heard a lot from us about our own Fair Trade mission and journey, but we know we aren’t the only ones working hard in this area to ensure economic independence and sustainability for everyone. Here is our pick for five other Fair Trade organizations kicking ass and helping to make the world a better place for everyone, both through amazing products and Fair Trade practices.
Ben & Jerry’s
With flavor names like Marshmallow Moon, Boom Chocolatta Cookie Core, Half Baked, and New York Super Fudge Chunk you might not *immediately* make your first guess that Ben & Jerry’s are leaders in the Fair Trade world. But not only do they have a three part mission which strives for a great product, economic sustainability (for everyone involved in the process), and making the world a better place, they are also outspoken in their support of climate justice and mandatory GMO labeling, AND they started their own foundation. Yep, their own foundation! The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation engages employees in philanthropy and social change work, gives back to their local Vermont communities, and supports grassroots activism and community organizing around the country. Umm yeah, all of us reading this could definitely do more than just fill our faces with their delicious ice cream. To top it all off, the home page of their website contains cool posts such as 8 Activists Continuing MLK’s Work Today and QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Climate Change? Well, how much DO you know? Time to head over to the website to find out.
Visit their site and take the quiz.
Do you like stripy zebracorns (yesss they are a thing OK *rolls eyes*) that talk about music, animals, and dancing? Thought so. So do Karma Cola, and so do we for that matter. That’s the image you’re greeted with on the Karma Cola homepage, but this Fair Trade brand is more than just bright, fun imagery. When they learned that the world drinks more than a million colas a minute (woah. Mind blown.) but that none of that money goes back to the people who originally discovered and harvested the cola nut, they made a drink to fix that. Through their foundation (another foundation, sensing a theme here?) they aim to give the cola farmers and their families independence through the trade they do with them and supporting projects that develop education and infrastructure for the communities. The same way that we do, Karma Cola knows that the communities who produce cola for them are best placed to know what they need to grow and thrive. Throughout their business and their foundation, they believe in an equitable commercial relationship and mutual respect as the path to economic independence.
Visit their site.
OK, sure, maybe Fair Trade isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you hear or think of Starbucks. Maybe more like “oh my god, there is one on every corner!” or something similar. But the Fair Trade impact of Starbucks is actually, for want of a better word, huge. A quick look at the Social Impact tab of their website will tell you they support the environment and green energy, refugees, youth, veterans, and farming communities, but you’ll also see they have a whole section devoted to ethical sourcing. They believe that their own success is linked to the success of the farmers and suppliers who grow and produce their products. Through their partnership with Conservation International, Starbucks are committed to buying 100% of their coffee through ethically sourced channels and relationships. And they are working on 100% ethically sourced tea by 2020 as well. Sometimes the giganticness of a global monolith is too much, but when they can use their power for good like Starbucks is trying to do, we think it’s all right.
Find out more about their social impact programs here.
OK, OK, OK, so luxury jewelry and watches aren’t always synonymous with Fair Trade, but in the case of Chopard, the two go together. They first unveiled their Green Carpet Collection in 2013, of which all materials are assessed for their environmental and social credentials. In the same year, they announced a commitment to support responsible artisan gold miners by working with the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM). ARM directly supports artisanal mines in South America that are on their way to Fairmined certification. Like us they source all of their materials from around the world through long term partnerships with their suppliers and work with them to improve the sustainability criteria of their supply chain, while also working together to search for new, greener solutions and alternatives. Beautiful jewelry and watches with a beautiful backstory!
Find out more about Chopard’s green story here.
We had to end this article with some fashion because who doesn’t love sustainable fashion? We don’t know who, tbh. Stella McCartney boasts respect for nature, respect for people, respect for animals, and a commitment to making circularity a reality. What is circularity you ask? We also asked the same thing! It refers to the systems relied on to make, sell, and dispose of clothing, which are currently nearly all linear. Circularity in fashion means not relying on non-renewable resources to produce clothing, and not sending that clothing to landfill or incineration: fashion can be restorative and regenerative and clothing doesn’t have to end up as waste. Sounds like a far-fetched idea? Stella McCartney gets that too, but is still committed to working towards it with other innovative producers. From never using fur or leather, measuring its impact, and collaborating with others trying to save the world, right through to using FSC certified wood and LED lighting in their showrooms and retails stores, Stella McCartney is killing it in the Fair Trade game. All without forfeiting a versatile and beautiful end product.
Check out the full range of sustainable measures here.