Success Through Play™ spoke with Tex Dworkin from the Global Exchange Fair Trade Online Store.

Please can you tell us about the
Global Exchange Fair Trade Online Store?

Global Exchange operates this Online Store and three brick and mortar stores; two in the California Bay Area and one in Portland, OR. Our Online Store began in 1999 and is one of the highest rated stores among all of Yahoo!'s 20,000+ stores online! Our Gift Registry was recently voted by Brides Magazine as one of the top 50 Online Gift Registries, alongside Macy's, Walmart and Williams Sonoma. All of our Fair Trade Stores set an example of working responsibly with world craft producers. We generate income for thousands of artisans and their families in over 40 countries, by operating according to Fair Trade Criteria.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between marketers in North America and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and other parts of the world. A fair trade partnership works to provide low-income artisans and farmers with a living wage for their work. Source: Fair Trade Federation

Can you name some of the countries where your products are made?

For a complete list of the countries where they products we offer are from, simply visit our Shop by Region section by clicking here.

What is Global Exchange?

Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political and social justice. Since our founding in 1988, we have increased the US public's global awareness while building partnerships worldwide. Through programs such as Reality Tours, Public Education, Human Rights, and Fair Trade, Global Exchange works for human rights and social and economic justice through grassroots citizen empowerment.

Global Exchange Fair Trade Stores feature products from around the world, with fair prices for consumers-- and fair prices paid to producers. The mission of Global Exchange's Fair Trade Program is to successfully market fairly-traded products in order to (1) increase benefits for producers and consumers through economic fairness, mutual respect, and understanding, and (2) build support for a more sustainable system of trade. We strive to pay a fair price to disadvantaged producers and to support producer-initiated efforts to improve their quality of life. In addition, we seek to increase understanding and activism of U.S. consumers about unfair trade practices and the fair trade alternative.

Stay tuned as we will be highlighting a few Eco-Toys that are available from the this online store. In the meantime, you can visit the Global Exchange Fair Trade Online Store by clicking here


Laura said...

What a fantastic organization. I can't wait to set up my gift registry!! I can rest easy knowing that the gifts that I will receive are made in fair working conditions and promote social justice. You can't beat that. They have a wonderful selection of gifts..thank you for sharing this...this is the first time that I am hearing about them.

Yael Stein said...

I had heard the name "Global Exchange" before but never knew what they stood for. What an interesting read. They inspire me