You may know that I helped found a fair trade company when I was just 17 years old. If you didn't know, click here for more info. But today, I am feeling especially grateful because it's Giving Tuesday.....or what we like to call, 'Fair Trade Tuesday.' Today is a day, after all of the crazy consumerism of Black Friday, that we can take a second, reassess, and give back.
A day when we should remind ourselves that we vote with our dollars and our dollars can make a difference for the kind of world we want.
I have always been passionate about fair trade, one of the very reasons I started Trades of Hope eight years ago. But I love that we can stand with other companies today and remind the world what we are all about. People.
Trades of Hope is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, a trade association that promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. We love working with them to promote fair wages, fair trade principles, and transparency. Below we’ve outlined the fair trade principles we abide by.
Putting people first is not common place in the business world. Working with different cultures is a challenge that typical business finds hard and expensive to keep up with. And yes, it requires sacrifice to promote people first. But by following this value, we see communities and cultures flourish in over 16 different countries, seeing over 13,000 individual artisans lives completely changed.
We work with these artisans to find creative solutions to some of our cultural differences, we help develop them as leaders, we work to understand and communicate better, and make sure that they win at the end of the day.
We meet our artisans where they're at and help them thrive in the way their culture and personality would love. (Because honestly, the goal should never be to make other cultures look like us).
Here's some examples of how we work to put people first.
We choose these differences.
Because we love people and we put our artisans first.
This is why shopping fair trade is important. We are not product first, but people first. And that will always come with challenges. But we choose this. We choose slow fashion. Because at the end of the day, it is the people that matter.
So, whatever you do today, support a business that is putting people first. Perhaps even my company, Trades of Hope!
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