Behind the Seal

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

  • Interview with Kakou, a fair trade cocoa farmer

    “We Are Suffering”: Can Price Increases Alone Save Cocoa Farmers?

    As of October 2019, Fair Trade USA will increase the premium and minimum price per pound of cocoa beans. Find out what this means for two cocoa farmers and what it means for you.

  • Farmer with his hands in his drying coffee beans.

    5 Common Myths About Fair Trade Coffee

    In the midst of a coffee crisis, it's more important than ever to know the truth about fair trade coffee.

  • 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.