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Fair Trade USA

  • Oakland, CA
  • http://www.fairtradeusa.org

Mission Statement

Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. We achieve our mission by certifying and promoting Fair Trade products.

service areas

International

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ruling year

1997

chief executive

Paul D. Rice

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Keywords

Fair trade, environment, economic development, certification, poverty, farmers, women, health, education

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EIN

41-1848081

Also Known As

Fair Trade USA

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Community Health Systems (E21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Since Fair Trade USA started certifying Fair Trade products in 1998, farmers and workers around the world have earned $350 million in community development premium funds. These community development funds go towards vital services such as health care and education, as well as environmental conservation projects.

Programs

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Program 1

TransFair works to broaden the market for Fair Trade Certified products and to increase U.S. consumer awareness. TransFair?s programs include auditing transactions between US companies offering Fair Trade Certified products and the international suppliers from whom they source, in order to guarantee that the farmers and farm workers behind Fair Trade Certified goods were paid a fair, above-market price; additionally, annual inspections conducted by FLO ensure that strict socioeconomic development criteria are being met using increased Fair Trade revenues. The Global Producer Services branch of TransFair goes further to establish direct market links between producers and their buyers in the US market and to facilitate capacity building within the cooperatives.

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service areas

International

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Blog

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Social Media

@https://www.facebook.com/fairtradecertified

@https://twitter.com/FairTradeUSA

@https://www.youtube.com/user/FairTradeCertified

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TRANSFAIR USA
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Fair Trade USA

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Paul D. Rice

BIO

Paul Rice is the founding President & CEO of Fair Trade USA and has been recognized as a leading social entrepreneur. Previously, Paul worked for 11 years as a rural development specialist in the mountainous Segovias region of Nicaragua, where he founded and led a highly successful organic coffee export cooperative called PRODECOOP. His first-hand experience in the development of cooperative organic coffee export ventures is unparalleled in the U.S. coffee industry. Paul holds an Economics and Political Science degree from Yale University and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. Paul has received the prestigious international Ashoka Fellowship for his pioneering work as a social entrepreneur in the Fair Trade movement. Paul has also been honored by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as one of the world's top Social Entrepreneurs.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ron Cordes

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