Press Release: Official Launch of FAIR Talks Podcast

Fair Trade LA and Fair Trade USA Officially Launch New “FAIR Talks” Podcast To Inspire and Educate Everyday People About the Extraordinary Power of Fair Trade

Sponsored by Fair Trade USA, the nonprofit organization Fair Trade LA is ready to share insightful conversations about fair trade with audiences nationwide

Los Angeles - March 30, 2022 - Fair Trade LA, the nonprofit organization championing Fair Trade products and practices in Los Angeles since 2005, today announced the official launch of “Fair Talks,” a Fair Trade LA original podcast hosted by Elisha Chan, the Executive Director of Fair Trade LA. The show will dive into all the facets of fair trade, sustainability, and effective solutions to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. 

“As the largest Fair Trade City in North America, I’m looking forward to Fair Trade Los Angeles sharing rich, relevant, and current educational resources to communities beyond Los Angeles,” says Elisha Chan, Executive Director of Fair Trade LA. “The FAIR Talks Podcast will provide access to quality content that will shape the future of how we do aid, think about business, and what products we purchase. I believe the experts and industry leaders we are bringing in will encourage, empower, and equip us in creating a better future for everyone, especially marginalized people around the world.” 

From combatting human trafficking to what coffee to drink, FAIR Talks will cover the ‘who,’ ‘how,’ and ‘why’ behind the products we buy every day. Listeners will hear from industry experts, social entrepreneurs, and fellow world changers with experience working on the ground from some of the globe’s most difficult places. 

“We are thrilled to partner with and support Fair Trade LA in driving such important and meaningful conversations,” Paul Rice, Founder & CEO of Fair Trade USA. “By bringing the story of fair trade and its role in delivering the future that we all envision to the public, we know that even more people will understand the opportunities we all have to make a positive impact through our purchases.”

In one of the first FAIR Talks podcasts to be released, Chan interviews Nathalie Marin-Gest, Senior Director of Producer Services at Fair Trade USA. Since 2013, Marin-Gest has trained thousands of workers and growers on fruit, vegetable, and rose farms throughout the Americas, helping them achieve and maximize the impact of fair trade certification. She then pivoted to lead the exploration of bringing fair trade to agricultural production in the Global North and helped certify the first fair trade farm in the U.S. 

Fair trade is a complex global system that uses business for good and puts people and the planet first. There are 10 Fair Trade principles to guide businesses. The most commonly known attributes include paying fair wages, no child labor or forced labor, and good working conditions. Fair Trade also fights for social justice and is one of the key solutions to ending human trafficking, one purchase at a time. With this podcast, Fair Trade LA is set to bridge the gap between consumers and the makers around the world.

FAIR Talks Podcast is bi-monthly and officially drops on March 30th, 2022. Listen to FAIR Talks on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcast.


About Fair Trade LA

Fair Trade LA is a nonprofit that educates and inspires consumers to embrace Fair Trade products so global farmers and artisans can earn a fair and sustainable living. Five dedicated individuals started Fair Trade LA around a kitchen table in 2005. Since then, they have successfully campaigned to establish Fair Trade cities like Pasadena and Claremont. In 2020, Fair Trade LA achieved a milestone naming Los Angeles the largest Fair Trade City in North America and the fourth largest in the world.


About Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ seal on a product signifies that it was made according to rigorous fair trade standards that promote sustainable livelihoods and safe working conditions, protection of the environment, and strong, transparent supply chains. Rather than creating dependency on aid, Fair Trade USA’s model empowers farmers, workers, and fishers to alleviate poverty and earn additional money to improve their communities.


About Elisha Chan

Elisha Chan is the Executive Director of Fair Trade LA and the founder of Elisha C., an ethical brand on a mission to end poverty through job creation. She found her passion while traveling on many Haiti trips as a student at UCLA and started her social enterprise six months after she graduated. She currently works with many artisans and producers throughout Haiti, while doing philanthropy work in a small village called Fond Doux, Haiti. She has since established a Scholarship Program, sending underprivileged youth to school, from preschool to university. A passionate advocator of establishing long-term solutions to break the cycle of poverty.



Elisha Chan, Executive Director

Juliette Bouquerel Roy, Executive Producer

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