Welcome to Fair Trade Atlanta!
We are an initiative to end the use of slave-made goods in Atlanta, Georgia.
Our mission is to end the use of slave-made goods in Atlanta through awareness and incentives for congregations, businesses, individuals, and schools to buy and sell fair trade products. In doing so, we hope to help end slavery in this generation. Our desire for this is rooted in the belief that God has a heart for justice (Micah 6:8, Matthew 23:23).
What is fair trade?
Fair Trade is a manner of production in which all people involved in production are paid for their labor and are voluntarily working, without threat of violence. Additionally, fair trade refers to a environmentally sustainable manner of production.
Why do we need fair trade products?
There are 27 million slaves in the world today. That is more people in slavery today than at any other time in human history. In order to stop this tragedy, it must be addressed by all sides. Non-profits and Governments are working to pass laws and create environments in which slavery is not tolerated and people are less vulnerable to becoming enslaved. It is now up to us, as businesses and consumers, to do our part to end slavery by not purchasing products produced by slaves. Fair trade products, certified as such by Fair Trade USA, ensure that our purchases are not contributing to the problem of modern day slavery.
Which products are linked to slavery/ How do I know what products are fair trade?
Unfortunately, many of the raw materials used in products that we buy and use on a daily basis are linked to slavery. In order to find out how you are linked to slavery, we encourage you to take the Slavery Footprint Quiz.
While we are concerned with all types of slavery, and therefore advocate for 100% fair trade production, Fair Trade Atlanta has chosen to primarily focus on coffee and chocolate, as those are two products consistently connected to slavery and trafficking. Fair Trade Certified coffee and chocolate are available at many retailers.
Fair trade products, certified as such by Fair Trade USA, ensure that our purchases are not contributing to the problem of modern day slavery. Another way to ensure that the products we consume are not contributing to slavery is to buy locally from farmer’s markets, buy second hand, and tell suppliers that you will not support slavery.
What are the costs and benefits of becoming a Fair Trade Atlanta partner?
There are no direct costs to becoming a Fair Trade Atlanta partner. That being said, fair trade products are sometimes more expensive due to the fact that the laborers at all levels of the supply chain are paid a living wage. Fair Trade Atlanta is interested in providing you with resources to be able to live a fair trade lifestyle on a budget.
The benefits of becoming a Fair Trade Atlanta partner are as follows.
- You, your church, or your business, gain publicity through are partnerships pages
- Your church or business can attract social justice oriented consumers
- You, your church, or your business are making an effort to end slavery in this generation.
- Fair Trade Atlanta will attempt to assist you in your or your organization’s fair trade efforts, making it easier for you to make an impact.