MISSIONS - Fair Trade Equal Exchange

FAIRLY TRADED COFFEE, TEA, CHOCOLATES, SNACKS, OLIVE OIL

Equal Exchange has created Big Change for over 20 years. It all started with an idea: what if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers? What if trade supported family farms that use organic methods, rather than industrialized agribusinesses that rely on harmful chemicals?

Our founders – Rink Dickinson, Jonathan Rosenthal and Michael Rozyne – asked these questions as they envisioned a trade model that values the farmers, consumers and the earth. So they took a big risk and plunged full-force into changing a broken food system. In 1986, they started with fairly traded coffee from Nicaragua and didn’t look back. Read more about our story.

Worker Owned
The Fair Trade certification system requires that participating farmer organizations meet demanding, but laudable, criteria: they must work for the good of all in their community; they must seek to minimize their impact upon the environment; they must make information freely available; and most importantly, they must function in a democratic manner, with the leaders elected by, and accountable to, the cooperative's farmer members.

At Equal Exchange we believe that we should expect no less from ourselves and each other than we demand of our farmer partners. For that reason we have organized ourselves as a democratic worker cooperative, now one of the largest in the country.

The concepts are not exotic or strange, in fact they're in every grade school civics book:
  • the right to vote (one vote per employee, not per share);
  • the right to serve as leader (i.e. board director);
  • the right to information;
  • the right to speak your mind.
Also, in keeping with the Fair Trade ethic we maintain a top-to-bottom pay ratio of 4-to-1. For comparision consider that the ratio of CEO pay to average worker pay was 301-to-1 in 2003 (Source: United for a Fair Economy.) The corporate top-to-bottom ratio would necessarily be even higher.  Read More

 
 

Farmer Partners
Supporting Small Farmers in their Efforts to Build a Better Future for their Families & Communities

Equal Exchange currently works with small farmer organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. Our trading partners are small farmer co-operatives — businesses owned and governed democratically by the farmers themselves. Decisions are made within the co-op, on their terms.  Read More 
Products

Through direct, long-term relationships with farmer co-ops and a shared commitment to quality, Equal Exchange is able to receive from farmers, and in turn offer to you, the best of our partners’ harvests.

After more than 20 years of growth, Equal Exchange now offers organic and sustainably grown coffees, teas, chocolates, cocoas, sugar, bananas, nuts and berries from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States.

To discover the story behind a delicious cup of Equal Exchange coffee, visit Quality: Bean to Cup or a smooth dark chocolate bar, visit The Chocolate Journey: From Bean to Bar.
 
MANY THANKS TO
LAURIE FLARITY-WHITE FOR ORGANIZING THIS IMPORTANT
MISSION FOR OUR FIRST CHURCH CONGREGATION AS WE SUPPORT SMALL FARMERS AROUND THE WORLD AND IN OUR BACK YARDS!!

 
 
 
 


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