Category Archives: Fair Trade in the Media

Fair Trade Claremont News Briefs

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April 2013

Buy local, green and fair
Hershey has pledged that 10% of it’s cocoa purchases will be Fair Trade certified by the end of 2013. That’s a whole lot of Fair Trade chocolate! This is a real success story. Green America, the national group that advocates for a green economy, has been working for years to move Hershey away from cocoa produced with child slave labor. Last year after hearing from more than 100,000 consumers, including hundreds from Claremont, Hershey promised to convert to Fair Trade by 2020. That date seemed so far away for children and families caught in the web of coercive and unsafe labor on cocoa plantations. In March, Green America attended a conference with Hershey and other chocolate producers hosted by the Department of Labor in Washington,DC and convinced Hershey to announce this significant milestone for 2013. For more information click on http://www.greenamerica.org/.

A dragon sighting in Claremont? Buddhamouse Emporium, 234 Yale Ave in Claremont Village, is featuring a Fair Trade dragon. A Vietnamese artist salvages metals from which he crafts whimsical animals. He gets a fair wage for his work and we all know that reuse is even better than recycling. Good for people and good for the planet! Buddhamouse also carries other Fair Trade items: gourd ornaments, prayer flags and hanging bells.

The Bath Workshop, 175 N. Indian Hilll Blvd., has launched a new Fair Trade lotion bar that is 100% natural, blended with Fair Trade cocoa butter and organic coconut oil. The lotion bar joins Bath Workshop’s full line of custom Fair Trade products: creams and lotions made from Fair Trade shea and cocoa butters, salt scrub, footscrubbers, cosmetic bags, beaded bags and beaded hairpeices.

Welcome to Barbara Cheatley Antiques, 215 Yale Ave., the 30th merchant to be added to Fair Trade Claremont’s ever expanding list of Where to Find Fair Trade in Claremont. At Barbara Cheatley’s you’ll find a diverse selection of Fair Trade items: colorful shoulder bags from India, Zen Zen tea cozies, Tea Forte in attractive tin containers, and leather ipod cases.
Reminder: ½ Off Sale on all Fair Trade açaí served on April 6, National Açaí Day at The Spot Café, 435 W. Foothill Blvd.

April Events sponsored by Fair Trade Claremont:
Not My Life, a documentary film about modern day slavery, narrated by Glenn Close, will be shown Tuesday April 9 at 7pm at the Laemmle Theater in Claremont Village. Admission is free. To see the trailer: http://vimeo.com/50650206. Join us to learn more about human trafficking globally and locally. And find out how groups in our community are working to end it. Fair Trade is recognized as one of the best ways to combat human trafficking by paying fair wages and providing safe working conditions, keeping families intact and children in school.

Fair Trade Artisan Sale, Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Sunday April 14 from 8am-3pm. A wide selection of hand made fairly traded gifts, scarves, jewelry, home accents, olive oil and specialty foods. “Income from our scarves means my three teenage sons can have enough to eat as they grow. My dream is for them to go to university.” – Nyugen Thi Nga,Vietnam. (Click on the attached the sale flyer to see some of the items available.)

Claremont Earth Day Celebration, April 20, 10 am-3pm. Over 2000 people are expected with 60 exhibitor/vendor booths located along Second Street in Claremont Village. Live entertainment, art displays, a bicycle “rodeo” and a booth by Fair Trade Claremont. Stop by to say “hello” and play an interactive game that teaches how chocolate is made: starting with cocoa beans growing in a pod on trees in Africa all the way to the candy bar that you eat. And the prize for playing the game? Fair Trade chocolate, of course.

Fair Trade Bazaar at Pomona First Baptist Church, Sunday April 28 from 8:30am to 1pm. Fair Trade vendors with unique gifts from around the world.
Fair Trade. Improving Lives. Protecting the Environment.

Joan Harper
Fair Trade LA Coordinator
(818) 406-9296 (cell)
http://www.fairtradela.org

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February 26, 2013, Public meeting pursuing the initiative to found a Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Store in the South Bay (Los Angeles). Over 50 local residents and interested parties attended. The meeting was chaired by Tom Hoffarth, member of the South Bay 10KV Steering Committee. Doug Dirks, CEO Ten Thousand Villages, gave the principal address. Also in attendance was Joan Harper, Exec. Director of Fair Trade LA; and Tony Hall, Regional Representative of the World Fair Trade Organization for the Asia Pacific (US, Canada, Japan) region; as well as additional members of the Steering Committee and Fair Trade Los Angeles.

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Tom Hoffarth opening the meeting; Doug Dirks and Tony Hall attending.

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Joan Harper offering comments on Fair Trade.

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Doug Dirks and Tom Hoffarth fielding questions from the assembled participants.

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Doug Dirks addressing the general meeting.

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Doug Dirks addressing the general meeting.

Breaking News From our Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign

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Breaking news from our Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign:

Hershey announced today that it will move its chocolate to 100% certification by 2020, though the company remains vague on which certifications, and on incremental benchmarks.

Nonetheless, we welcome this announcement and urge Hershey to reveal its plan for moving all its product lines to certified cocoa by its 2020 deadline. We also want to emphasize that not all certifications are equal, especially when it comes to addressing the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the West African cocoa sector.

Here’s our statement.

Thank you again for your support in this campaign. Please consider making a donation here to ILRF’s ongoing work to end child labor and other abusive labor practices.

Many thanks,

Sean & the Raise the Bar, Hershey! Coalition

Coalition members include Global Exchange, Green America, and International Labor Rights Forum.

Having Chocolate at a Fair Cause

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Many people love chocolate but know so little of the ways it is made, which is not practiced justly.

Recently, people have been turning into organic diets due to health reasons of course, but how about organic and Fair Trade foods like chocolate?

For Ten Thousand Villages in Pasadena, a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe, chocolate is their “most popular food item.”

Since chocolate appeals to lots of people in the United States where 46 percent of Americans say they cannot live without chocolate (SERRV) try to make a difference with a taste of Fair Trade chocolate.

“Chocolate does better than coffee,” said Sam Bills, store manager. “Four to five percent of all sales are from chocolate,” which is actually “good” for Ten Thousand Villages.

Getting to know the difference between conventional and Fair Trade chocolate is essential.

Having Fair Trade chocolate from some of the top cooperatives in Equal Exchange, Divine Chocolate and Theo Chocolate plus the customer service from its volunteer working personnel puts Ten Thousand Villages at top in retail stores where these chocolates can be found.

A Snickers bar for example, costs about $1.59 compared to a Divine Chocolate bar that could cost up to $3.95.

As there is a big difference in price, there also is a big difference in the way it tastes to the way it is made to the way it impacts producers, the most important people in this cycle.

to view the entire article goto:
http://www.demotix.com/news/626320/having-chocolate-fair-cause

 

New DVD on Fair Trade Available!

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fair trade los angeleswe wanted to provide you with another chance to learn about an exciting educational resource Partners for Just Trade (PJT) has produced. In honor of Fair Trade month, PJT is releasing the DVD, A Thousand Fibers: Binding Together through Fair Trade.

The goal of the DVD is triple-fold: to broaden individuals’ knowledge about Fair Trade while heightening awareness of, and increasing demand for Fair Trade. The DVD can be used as a standalong tool or along with our Bible Study on Fair Trade. If you would be interested in receiving a complimentary copy of the DVD, please fill out the form here.

You can view a trailer of the DVD here.


As a conference attendee, we know that you support Fair Trade and through your congregations, publications and media channels, you inspire interest in this exciting movement. We would like to request that if you like our DVD, you consider posting a review or promoting it on your website, in your newsletter, or various social media channels to help us get the word out.

We appreciate your consideration and thank you for helping to grow the Fair Trade movement!

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Carrie Hawthorne
Executive Director

PS If you’d like to learn more about the DVD, you can do so at www.PartnersForJustTrade.org/dvd.

 

 

PJT is a non-profit, Fair Trade organization selling products from Peru, Cameroon and Nicaragua. PJT is a screened member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America Business Network.

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South Pasadena In The News

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fair trade in south pasadenaParishioners from across the San Gabriel region of the Los Angeles Archdiocese gathered at Holy Family Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the official launch of the Creation Sustainability Ministry, a new program aimed at helping parishes “go green.”

Following Sunday afternoon’s services, which were led by San Gabriel region Bishop Gabino Zavala and included State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge), Holy Family hosted a gathering in its parish hall to share information about the environmental program.

At the Fair Trade South Pasadena booth, volunteer Annie Hughes passed out brochures and fliers detailing the group’s upcoming events and the fair trade movement in general.

Though she’s not a member of the Holy Family Church, Hughes said reaching out to Holy Family parishioners is en effective way to inform the community at large. “Holy Family is so connected and lot of education comes out of the churches,” she said.

Fair Trade South Pasadena’s messages seemed to resonate with parishioners, Hughes said. “[Fair trade] is a human rights issue and I think that’s something that people just connect to,” she said. “I think people of faith are looking for ways to live their faith that is connected to their every day life.”

For the complete story

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Signed Into Law TODAY: The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010‏

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I’m pleased to report that The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) was signed into law today by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger!  (See the Governor’s press release attached.)

This means that starting January 1, 2012, major apparel and manufacturing companies doing business in California must publicly disclose on their website the policies they have in place to ensure that their supply chains are free of slavery and trafficking, including the extent to which they use 3rd-party verification, conduct independent unannounced audits, and maintain internal accountability for employees and contractors that fail to meet company standards.

Thanks so much for signing on to the letter and demonstrating to the Governor the value of transparency and disclosure, the critical need to protect human rights, and the importance of robust monitoring and reporting systems in global supply chains.

Please be sure to mention this new law to any major retailer and manufacturer that you engage or evaluate and incorporate its requests into your ongoing dialogues and engagements with companies. As you know, there are many initiatives that provide helpful tools to assist companies, such as Responsible Sourcing Network (www.sourcingnetwork.org), Social Accountability International (www.sa-intl.org/), The Global Reporting Initiative (www.globalreporting.org), Global e-Sustainability Initiative (www.gesi.org/), and Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (www.eicc.info), to name a few.

We applaud the bill’s author, California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), and also express appreciation to Chris Miller with Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET – http://www.assetcampaign.org/) and founder Julia Ormond, former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Slavery and Human Trafficking, for their tireless work as an organizational sponsor of the bill. ASSET will be issuing a press release tomorrow.

Please call with any questions and thanks again for your support!

Best,

Julie Tanner
Assistant Director of Socially Responsible Investing
Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc.
Direct: 212-503-1947
Main: 800-592-8890
Fax:  212-490-6092
jtanner@cbisonline.com


Kay Buck, Executive Director
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
5042 Wilshire Blvd #586 · Los Angeles, California 90036
Office: (213) 365-1906 x101 · Fax: (213) 365-5257
Email: kay@castla.org, · Website: www.castla.org

Los Angeles Times writes about fair trade

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Finally — LAT gives fair trade some space!

No mention of our grassroots group Fair Trade LA, though the new Ten Thousand Villages in Pasadena gets a couple paras :)

Most of the article’s actually about Pangea Artisan Market & Cafe, a new venture from people at the International Finance Corp., the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group. The shop’s on the ground floor of IFC’s Washington headquarters. Not really a local angle, though if this first store’s successful, Pangea might expand to LA and San Francisco…

For now — A quick list of where you can get fair trade stuff in LA:

Coffee By the lb, or by the cup.

Chocolate bars, ice cream, or energy bars.

Sugar – Look for Wholesome Sweeteners, which has made a big switch over to fair trade! You can find its stuff even in the big grocery chains like Albertson’s.

Other stuff — Ten Thousand Villages, Pasadena has lots of accessories and household stuff. So does Artisan’s Exchange in Claremont. You might also try your fave museum store — I’ve found some great fair trade goods at the Hammer, MOCA, and LACMA –