Behind the Seal

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

  • coffee beans

    Could Coffee be at the Root of the Migration Problem, and what is Fair Trade's Role?

    Fair Trade USA’s Response to the Washington Post’s ‘The Migration Problem is a Coffee Problem’

  • 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.

  • Stephanie Vasquez, Whole Foods employee

    Whole Foods Employee Traces Whole Trade Flowers Back to the Source

    Stephanie Vasquez works on the floral team at Whole Foods Market in Chicago and got the chance to visit floral farms in Ecuador and Colombia. She describes what it was like to meet the people behind her bouquets.

  • Women leading in a Fair Trade Committee

    Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Age of Fair Trade

    We know that women’s empowerment creates a positive ripple effect on families, communities, and cultures. But how do we get there?

  • 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.

  • Indonesian fishing boats

    On the Trail to Seram, Indonesia

    Follow our Seafood Director Julie Kuchepatov to five Indonesian fishing communities to see where your Fair Trade Certified yellowfin tuna comes from.

  • fair trade certified seal

    Update: Fair Trade USA Announces Decertification of Suragroh Melon Farm After Audit

    Official statement explaining the move to revoke the certification of Suragroh Melon Farm in Honduras.

  • 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.