There are several different criteria for determining whether a product is fair trade or not. Included are: (1) No child labor is employed, (2) the industry is not undermining the region’s environmental sustainability, and (3) the workers are paid a living wage. “It’s an attempt to not just treat the poor with dignity and respect in how we would expect to be treated, but to deliberately go about finding the most marginalized,” says Nathan George, Founder of Trade As One. There are specific criteria for each particular type of product as well but the principle remains the same: “Go to the small-scale farmer [or worker] that is struggling to survive and support them.”
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