— Jenny Neill

Fair Trade: Will Splintering Bring Solidarity?

I interviewed five fair trade activists earlier this year about the meaning of the movement in the coffee sector now, nearly a quarter of a century after the first seal was launched. The split of Fair Trade USA from Fairtrade International and this year’s launch of the Small Producers Seal increased the number of certification bodies to four in North America. Will this increase in the number of players bring a return to solidarity about what it means to trade fairly?

Coffee in bags

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Read my latest feature in STiR Tea & Coffee Industry Bi-Monthly to find out what they had to say about ongoing dissension.