TransFair USA means fair trade certified

by PJ Mullen on September 16, 2010

in September 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

The second nominee for the September edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign is TransFair USA, which is better known to most as the people behind Fair Trade Certified.

TransFair USA, a non-profit organization, is the only independent, third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the U.S. and one of 20 members of Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International. TransFair’s rigorous audit system, which tracks products from farm to finished product, verifies industry compliance with Fair Trade criteria.

TransFair allows U.S. companies to display the Fair Trade Certified label on products that meet strict Fair Trade standards. Fair Trade Certification is currently available in the U.S. for coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, sugar, rice, and vanilla.

Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

However, it is important to note that Fair Trade means much more than “fair price”. Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited. Additionally, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

Thank you to Cindi Hoppes for nominating the TransFair USA – Fair Trade Certified for the September edition of Sweatshirt Blanket’s Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about this cause visit their website.

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