Traditions is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.
FTF directly links low-income producers with consumer markets and educates consumers about the importance of purchasing fairly traded products which support living wages and safe and healthy conditions for workers in the Third World.
FTF also acts as a clearinghouse for information on fair trade and provides resources and networking opportunities for its members. By adhering to social criteria and environmental principles, Fair Trade Organizations (FTOs) foster a more equitable and sustainable system of production and trade that benefits people and their communities.
As members of the Fair Trade Federation, the businesses and organizations listed on this Web site all share a common goal: to create a just and sustainable economic system through fair trade.
As a fair trade store we are committed to carrying products that partner with low-income artisans and farmers to provide them an equitable, fair access to market. Producers and suppliers that are not already members of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) or the International Federation of Alternative Trade (IFAT) are asked to fill out and submit a questionnaire to help us determine if their products will come to us with fair trade values.
The following are presentations made by students during the fall 2003 Fair Trade and Globalization class at TESC. Most are downloadable pdf files, readable with the Adobe Acrobat Reader (avaliable free by clicking here.)