EIN 45-5481499

Fairtrade America

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Fairtrade is a global movement for change, represented in the United States by Fairtrade America. We work directly with companies, consumers and campaigners to secure a better deal for farmers and workers.
Also known as...
Fairtrade International USA
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Program areas at Fairtrade America

Fairtrade america represents the International Fairtrade certification system in the u.s. and is exclusively responsible for administrating licensing of the Fairtrade label. To participate in the International Fairtrade system and use the Fairtrade label, businesses must purchase from producer organizations certified by Fairtrade International standards, undergo a full supply chain audit, and contract with producers to pay prices and premiums as outlined by Fairtrade International standards. Fairtrade america supports sustainable markets and awareness growth in collaboration with over 1.66 million producers, thousands of businesses, and 32 other national Fairtrade organizations around the world. 2016 continued to be a period of growth for Fairtrade america, with staff size tripling to meet program growth. Fairtrade america invested in internal infrastructure and internal capacity through systems and training, as well as completing the launch as a full member of the Fairtrade International system. We ramped up the advisory council started in 2015, to access a diverse network of fair trade movement stakeholders and their expertise. Fairtrade america's activities in programmatic areas are outlined below in 4a through 4d in detailed description. Market development: in 2016 the Fairtrade label became the most trusted ethical label by u.s. consumers. Fairtrade america works through our advisory council, business outreach, consumer engagement, and ngo partnership to create an enabling environment for Fairtrade as part of an overall sustainable pattern of production and consumption that benefits farmers, workers, businesses, consumers, and the planet. Fairtrade america focused on 5 major categories; coffee, cocoa, sugar, fresh produce and floral, as those categories represent the majority of Fairtrade certified producers globally.
Licensing & producer support: in 2016, Fairtrade america's licensing department streamlined compliance processes and moved licensee compliance to infocenter, a compliance database. Additionally, the licensing department produced impact reports for licensees to share data around the value and premium they generate for producers. Fairtrade america works directly with licensees to connect them to consumer campaigns, advocacy and marketing opportunities to better tell their Fairtrade impact story, through digital and in person supporter engagement throughout the year. In 2016, Fairtrade america launched an exploratory project around fundraising from bilateral and multilateral donors to support additional producer development projects at the coop and community level, in collaboration with other Fairtrade offices and producer networks.
Education & awareness: Fairtrade america uses a wide variety of in person and digital engagement approaches to connect with the 330 million potential Fairtrade supporters in the u.s. market. Twitter chats, blogs, facebook, instagram, pinterest, and a revamped website make up the bulk of digital engagement, complemented by in person events in collaboration with ngos, grassroots fair trade groups, and embassies. In 2016 Fairtrade focused on two major campaigns for education and awareness growth: world Fairtrade day and fair trade month. For world Fairtrade day (may) american supporters and businesses joined over 2 million participants worldwide to double Fairtrade's impact for producers, through a national microsite and events across the u.s., as part of the world's biggest coffee break. Notably, Fairtrade america partnered with the guatemala and bolivia embassies in Washington, d.c., to host world fair trade day coffee breaks, with a combined total of over 17,000 total participants. In 2016, Fairtrade america launched a national campaign called the fairest of them all for Fairtrade month, encouraging people to consider how fair they are in everyday situations. Citizens connected their perception of fairness with the idea of choosing Fairtrade certified products as part of a fair lifestyle. Adapting from a similar campaign from the uk, Fairtrade america built on this for the u.s. market, again allowing us to maximize membership in the International system.
Governance: in 2016, Fairtrade america's multi-stakeholder board of directors played a pivotal role in supporting Fairtrade america's growth in the u.s. market, launching as a full member of the International Fairtrade system. Specifically, board members who are volunteers advised Fairtrade america's development strategy, liaising with key stakeholders and partners.
Market development: the Fairtrade label is the world's most trusted and recognized ethical label, signaling to consumers and businesses that products have been produced under fair and sustainable conditions. Fairtrade america employs business outreach and ngo partnerships to create an enabling environment for Fairtrade as part of an overall sustainable pattern of production and consumption that benefits farmers, workers, businesses, consumers, and the planet. Fairtrade america focuses on five major categories, including coffee, cocoa, sugar and fresh produce, which represent the majority of Fairtrade certified producers globally. Fairtrade International standards cover more than 300 raw products.
Education & awareness: Fairtrade america uses a wide variety of in-person and digital engagement approaches to reach approximately 40 million "Fairtrade friendly and 98 million "healthy shoppers" consumers in the us market (as segmented by our biennial globescan research in 2019). Digital engagement includes blog posts, facebook, instagram, and pinterest postings, complemented by in-person events in collaboration with partners and grassroots groups. Fairtrade also increased its voice and reach by raising awareness in the media.
Licensee development/support & producer support: in 2022, Fairtrade america streamlined the support of licensees through better onboarding and development of materials. Partnerships with licensees raised the voice of Fairtrade to their supporters and made Fairtrade supporters more aware of the available labeled brands. Fairtrade america also increased its support for clients by splitting one position into two, increasing its effectiveness in promoting the Fairtrade cause.fairtrade america works directly with licensees to connect them to consumer campaigns, advocacy and marketing opportunities to better tell their Fairtrade impact story, through digital and in-person supporter engagement throughout the year. We have developed market segmentation to better understand consumers and shared this information with our clients.
The program revenue from license fees and administrative fees
Contribute to Fairtrade of america's mission of improving the
Livelihoods of smallholder farmers and workers by growing fair trading
Practices in the u.s. market.

Personnel at Fairtrade America

Bryan LewChief Operating Officer / Director of Business Development / Senior Business Development Manager$129,683
Margaret WillinghamExecutive Director / E.d.$93,540
Carlos Urmeneta RodriguezDirector of Commeric$94,244
Naledi SekgapaneLicensing and Impact M$71,779
Peg WillinghamPast Executive Director
...and 8 more key personnel

Financials for Fairtrade America

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$0
Investment income and dividends$615
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Gross sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$5,881,613
Total revenues$5,882,228

Form 990s for Fairtrade America

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-14990PFView PDF
2021-122022-11-14990PFView PDF
2020-122021-11-09990PFView PDF
2019-122021-06-14990PFView PDF
2018-122020-02-11990PFView PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

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Data update history
January 18, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990PF for fiscal year 2022
January 16, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
December 28, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
July 15, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990PF for fiscal year 2021
July 5, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 5 new personnel
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General information
1101 Vermont Ave NW 350
Washington, DC 20005
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Website URL
(202) 391-0525
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IRS details
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Taxreturn type
Form 990-PF
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
T20: Private Foundations
NAICS code, primary
813211: Grantmaking Foundations
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