Fair trade resources

Chicago Fair Trade is far from the only organization working on issues of workers’ rights, sustainability, economic empowerment, and conscious consumerism. We invite you to check out the websites of a few of our allies in the movement to learn more about the great work being done in the United States and around the world.

Fair Trade Campaigns is a grassroots movement that aims to normalize Fair Trade practices globally by developing Fair Trade tools, resources, and support events in individual communities, specifically towns, universities, schools, and congregations.

The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is a trade association that fortifies and advances North American organizations which are fully committed to fair trade in order to improve the lives of farmers and artisans in developing countries. (We recommend checking out the list of FTF member businesses as a starting point when seeking out fair trade products! Browse their member lists here.)

Fair Trade

Oxfam America is a global organization, one of 17 member of the International Oxfam Confederation, that envisions a just world without poverty. It strives to achieve this world by working in more than 90 countries to develop lasting solutions to the problems of poverty, hunger, and injustice. Oxfam works to save lives when disaster strikes, invests in social programs, campaigns for social justice by working to change laws and practices, and strives to educate the public in order to change perceptions of poverty.

Fair Trade

The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a global network of organizations that advocates for producers, particularly small farmers and artisans, sharing the same mission, principles and practices as those of the Fair Trade Federation. It operates in over 70 countries across five continents, with the head coordinating office located in Culemborg, the Netherlands. WFTO works to facilitate membership applications, enforce the 10 Principles of Fair Trade through the Guarantee System, improve the Fair Trade Standard, and to create opportunities for people along the product chain, from producer to consumer, to collaborate.

Fair Trade

Green America’s mission is to harness economic power – the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace – to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. They are working for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for generations to come. Check them out if you’re looking for ways you can personally take action to make the world a better place and fight against economic and environmental injustice.

Economic Justice

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) is a human rights organization that advocates for workers globally. ILRF works with allies and networks around the world – labor unions, consumer activists, religious and community-based organizations, human rights organizations, and student groups – to demand dignity and justice for workers. They build transnational campaigns in consultation with the workers who stand to benefit directly, and they have long term partnerships in key countries with the groups most committed to worker empowerment and able to advocate solutions.  

Economic Justice

Sweatfree Communities, a campaign of the International Labor Rights Forum, assists sweatshop workers globally in their struggles to improve working conditions and form strong, independent unions. Campaigns for sweatfree procurement policies foster sustained local activism and strong coalitions of labor, student, solidarity, peace and justice, and faith-based groups. Chicago Fair Trade is proud to have run successful Sweatfree Campaigns in Chicago in 2014, and in Cook County in 2015.

Economic Justice

The Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium is a membership organization for public entities that seek to purchase apparel and related products made in decent working conditions.  The Consortium’s mission is to end public purchasing from sweatshops and help its members make sweatfree purchases more effectively and less expensively than any single one could accomplish on its own. The Consortium coordinates and represents public officials and others who seek to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not spent on products made in sweatshops, and serves as a coordinating body and resource center for public entities and other organizations that share this goal.

Economic Justice

The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) is an independent labor rights monitoring organization, conducting investigations of working conditions in factories around the globe. Their purpose is to combat sweatshops and protect the rights of workers who make apparel and other products. The WRC conducts independent, in-depth investigations; issues public reports on factories producing for major brands; and aids workers at these factories in their efforts to end labor abuses and defend their workplace rights.

Economic Justice

The Clean Clothes Campaign is dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the global garment and sportswear industries. The Clean Clothes Campaign is an alliance of organisations in 16 European countries. Together, they educate and mobilise consumers, lobby companies and governments, and offer direct solidarity support to workers as they fight for their rights and demand better working conditions.

Ethical Fashion

1 / 2

Please reload

  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle
  • Twitter - Black Circle

© 2019  Chicago Fair Trade