Behind the Seal

News, announcements, and real-life stories about the fair trade vision unfolding as a way of life.

  • piled-up haitian green mangoes

    Peeling Back the Fair Trade Certified Haitian Mango

    In a nation crippled by natural disasters and unstable markets, fair trade mangoes provide hope for stable livelihoods.

  • laying the brick of a new school in cote d'ivoire

    Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Public Schools in Côte d’Ivoire

    This is Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate at work.

  • a coffee farmers sits with his arms folded, talking about the state of the coffee industry

    Coffee in Crisis: How to Take Action

    Amidst a growing coffee industry, coffee farmers are facing a crisis that threatens their basic livelihoods.

  • school children stand beside a school bus purchased with Fair Trade funds.

    6 Times Fair Trade Funds Supported Education

    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

  • latha and her son gautam at bestitch knits, a fair trade certified factory in india.

    Meet Latha and Gautam, Mother and Son in Tirrupur

    She worked hard to create a better future for her son. Now, he wants to do the same for her in return.

  • School children studying in Dazhangshan

    Fair Trade Organic Tea Growers in China Invest in Children’s Education

    With the extra money earned through Fair Trade certification, tea growers in the Jiangxi province of southeast China fund scholarships, classrooms, and school supplies for their community.

  • coffee roya

    Guatemala finds innovative solutions to fight devastating coffee leaf rust outbreak

    In the face of an extreme challenges this organization banded together to come up with an innovative solution to fight the problem and save their coffee trees. Learn more about how they did this and why Fair Trade was a crucial part of their plan.

  • woman studying

    How Fair Trade Farms are Investing in Education

    From creating scholarship programs for kids to hosting night classes for adults to complete their GED's, education is a top priority in communities around the world. Discover why these six farms chose to invest their Fair Trade Community Development Fund in education and learn about the different people whose lives are changing for the better because of that investment.