October is Fair Trade Month
October is a time to celebrate fair trade and draw attention to the movements that help sustain and promote fair trade throughout the world. Fair Trade is a global standard committed to bringing about economic and social justice, as well as environmental sustainability in all regions of the World. But just because something is not Fair Trade Certified, does not necessarily mean Fair Trade practices are not being put to use. The best way to find out if a company is operating by Fair Trade standards is to do your research. Get the know the owners and ask them questions. Do they make it a point to buy directly from farmers in countries where Free Trade standards are needed? Smaller businesses especially might not have the standards of becoming Fair Trade Certified, yet still maintain the standards of what Fair Trade is all about. Standing up to the powers that lie behind corporate globalization, the Fair Trade movement is one to be celebrated and promoted. To find out more about Fair Trade and how you can help spread the word, visit Global Exchange.