Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Organizations | US | Washington State | Washington Fair Trade Coalition

Who they are:
An alliance of organizations committed to educating the people of Washington State about issues related to justice in global trade. The primary concern of WFTC is to reach a consensus amongst the public on what “Fair Trade” should include. Along with over 40 local and national partner organizations, the WFTC is successfully increasing public participation in the trade policy making process.

Examples of fair trade practices:

  • Focusing on exports from developing countries to developed countries
  • Paying fair wages in a local context
  • Providing clean, safe and healthy workplaces
  • Respecting the environment
  • Market access for marginalized producers
  • Sustainable and Equitable trading relationships

WFTC’s pilot project:

The Trade Stories Project was started in order to collect and document stories of real people whose lives have been negatively affected by the current free trade system. The website displays several touching stories from people such as a displaced automotive worker, a young jobless immigrant woman and a struggling small business owner in Pennsylvania, to list a few. The website also invites the reader to share his/her own free trade related stories.

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