These are the ten standards associated with the Fair Trade movement:
1. Helping to create opportunities for economically-disadvantaged producers and reducing poverty by supporting marginalized producers including farmers and cooperatives and supporting community development.
2. Ensuring accountability and transparency.
3. Trading with concern for the social and economic well being of the participants as well as promoting sound environmental practices and methods.
4. Ensure a fair price is paid.
5. Ensuring adherence to UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and ensuring no forced labor is used.
6. Ensuring gender equity, freedom of association, and no discrimination.
7. Ensuring proper working conditions to promote health and safety, fair hours of employment, etc.
8. Increasing positive impacts on marginalized producers including developing skills of employees and providing access to markets.
9. Promoting Fair Trade and advocating for its objectives.
10. Promoting environmentally-sustainable practices including maximizing use of raw materials, buying locally when possible, and minimizing energy consumption, preserving natural environments, and other sound practices.
Fair Trade Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips
For tips on brewing the perfect cup of Fair Trade coffee see our section on Coffee Brewing. You can also read detailed coffee flavor profiles of gourmet coffee and instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes.