Survey for Businesses and Organizations to apply to be listed in NWFTC Portland Fair Trade Directory 2012


We are writing to inform you of our local efforts to promote fair trade in Portland and invite you to be a part of Portland’s first ever Fair Trade Directory. We invite businesses, faith and social justice organizations who sell or serve authentic fair trade products to be part of the Directory.

We are the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, a volunteer organization of local socially responsible businesses, community organizations and activists united in raising the profile of economic justice in trade and promoting fair trade within Portland. We formed in 2010 in an effort to work together to create unity and awareness for Portland’s fair trade community.

With this directory, we aim to enhance the visibility of fair trade in our community and enable consumers to connect with local businesses and organizations that sell fair trade products. By making more fair trade products available to our community, we can increase consumer awareness and purchase of fair trade products, strengthen our local economy and create solutions to end global poverty.

Some of the benefits of being listed in our directory include:

  • Exposure to new consumers who are actively seeking fair trade products
  • Free advertising for your business on our website and at all participating local businesses and organizations throughout Portland
  • Promotion of your business at all of our events and co-sponsored events
  • Inclusion in our education materials and outreach about fair trade

The directory will be made available in print and online. We invite you to fill out the Supplier Survey to enter your business/organization information if you would like to be listed in the directory. We will review your survey and contact you for an in person interview. We look forward to seeing this project grow with your partnership!

CLICK HERE to fill out the survey via Google Docs, paper free!

Download the PDF to the right if you’d like to mail it in.

contact or 503-970-5847 for more questions.

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The Northwest Fair Trade Coalition launches outreach to local businesses and community organizations to create Portland’s first Fair Trade Directory for World Fair Trade Day

Portland, OR (May 12, 2012) – Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, Portland’s local economic justice and fair trade coalition, plans to create Portland’s first ever Fair Trade Directory. Local businesses and community organizations who sell fair trade products will be listed in the directory so that people will have a local resource to know where to find and purchase authentic fair trade products. Fair trade products are made under safe and healthy working conditions, free from exploitive child labor and in accordance with international fair trade principles. The directory will include local grocers and identify what fair trade products they carry, as well as faith organizations who serve and sell fair trade goods.

The group will announce the directory on Saturday, May 12th in honor of World Fair Trade Day, the nation’s largest fair trade event of the year, at the new downtown Portland World Market. The community can enjoy live international music and dance performances all day, free wine tasting, fair trade espresso and purchase handcrafted goods from a few businesses who offer fairly traded products represented at the market. Members of the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition will stand in solidarity with thousands of people in 80 countries worldwide on World Fair Trade Day to highlight the importance of a business and trading model that supports fair wages and healthy working conditions for producers around the globe. By making more fair trade products visible and available to our community, we will increase consumer awareness and purchase of fair trade products, strengthen our local economy and create solutions to end global poverty.

With this directory, we aim to enhance the visibility of fair trade in our community and enable consumers to connect with local businesses and organizations that sell fair trade products. “We believe that more people will support and purchase these products if they know where to buy them,” says Sarah Mitts, owner of Awaz Voice for Empowerment, a local business offering fairly traded handmade products from India and chair of the Coalition.
Local businesses and organizations who carry fair trade products can send an email to to be sent information about how to be involved and a survey.
WHO: Northwest Fair Trade Coalition member businesses, community organizations and individuals.
WHERE: the new Portland World Market, located next to Ankeny Plaza in the old Fire Engine Museum building, neighboring the Portland Saturday Market
WHEN: Saturday, May 12th, 2012
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
The Northwest Fair Trade Coalition is a volunteer organization of local socially responsible businesses, community organizations and activists united in raising the profile of economic justice in trade and promoting fair trade products within Portland. Fair Trade is a trading relationship, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade between producers in developing countries and businesses and consumers in more developed areas around the world. The Fair Trade system ensures that people along the supply chain receive fair wages, that workers and communities are treated with dignity and producers take steps to preserve the environment. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia and other parts of the world.

The launch includes a series of events organized by coalition members:

May 17 : Northwest Fair Trade Coalition’s Fair Trade Third Thursday program at Equal Exchange featuring a presentation by a local representative from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, makers of the best selling Certified Organic and Fair Trade Personal Care products. Learn more about their business model, fair trade certification with IMO’s “Fair for Life” program and new products. People can discuss and learn more about fair trade with local businesses, organizations and individuals involved in the movement, get resources, enjoy free samples of Dr. Bronner’s products and taste fair trade coffee, snacks and sweets. Raffle of fair trade products worth $50. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), 1033 SE Main.
May 20 – 23 : The 2012 Fair Trade Federation annual conference will be held May 21 – 23 (Monday – Wednesday) in beautiful Bellevue, WA, just outside of Seattle. The conference will provide practical training in all aspects of fair trade, and provide a forum for sharing ideas and reaffirming fair trade principles.
May 24 : Bean of Affliction: Chocolate, Child Labor and Choosing Fair Trade. Havurah’s Tikkun Olam Committee and Portland Tuv Ha’Aretz invite you to come to learn about what Fair trade really means and how its goals relate to Jewish values. Founder of Fair Trade Judaica will be present to share more about their work. You will get a chance to taste some delicious fair trade chocolate, watch the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate, and do some on-the-spot activism. 7:00 –9:00 p.m., Havurah Shalom, 825 Northwest 18th Avenue.
The Dark Side of Chocolate is a 45 minute documentary by award winning journalists, Miki Mistrati and U Roberto (Robin) Romano, which investigates the continued allegations of trafficking and child labor in the international chocolate industry and goes undercover to visit cocoa plantations in West Africa. This event is free!


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Join us for the ZAP Spring International Celebration!

The Zimbabwe Artist’s Project is hosting a special celebration! Join us and other Fair Trade advocates in welcoming Mr. Kelvin Hazangwi, a special guest from Zimbabwe. There will be a Fair Trade Marketplace, an exhibit of Weya art, live African music, snacks, and a craft table for the kiddos! NWFTC and ZAP will be joined by these wonderful organizations, all with items for sale or information on getting involved with their projects!


2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

107 Washington St. 1st floor

Portland, OR 97214

The Zimbabwe Artists Project is a non-profit organization that helps women artists from Weya in Easter Zimbabwe become more economically self-sufficient. Women of Weya are subsistence farmers, mothers, and householders as well as artists. Most women live on their own, providing for families. Some are widowed, others are single heads of households, since throughout Zimbabwe men leave the rural areas to seek work in cities. ZAP helps these women through education opportunities and through the sale of their artwork.
Join the celebration, and support ZAP and these other great organizations!

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April 19th Fair Trade Third Thursday – Jubilee Oregon: Economic Justice and Fair Trade

The mission of the Jubilee movement is to reduce global poverty. We do this by fighting for the 99% to assure that people’s needs are addressed fairly and equitably. Jubilee Oregon advocates for debt cancellation and responsible lending and borrowing practices in the countries of the Global South. Since the debt crisis has made its way north, we have brought our work home by including foreclosure and student debt to the issues that we work on. We see the similarities of the plight of poor countries in developing countries with Greece, Spain, Ireland and other countries in the developed world.

At the next Third Thursday event, Jubilee Oregon will discuss the work they do and why fair trade is part of the economic justice equation. We will show a 20 minute excerpt from theEnd of Poverty? followed by a discussion and how you can get involved. “Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries.” Please join us for an engaging and informative conversation.

Thursday, April 19

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Equal Exchange

1033 SE Main

enjoy fair trade snacks ~ engaging discussion and resources ~ fair trade raffle ~ products available for purchase

RSVP NOW! Find the event here, and invite your friends!

Help us build Portland’s Fair Trade Directory!

What stores in your neighborhood should be on our list?

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March Fair Trade Third Thursday: Presentation by Tropical Salvage


Join AWAZ, Equal Exhchange, Jubilee Oregon, and other members of the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition for our next community event!

This month, come learn how one of Portland’s premiere, ethical and fair trade furniture companies is creating change here in Portland and in Indonesia, through the use of old growth, salvaged wood. Tim O’Brien will give a presentation on how their work helps to promote peat forest conservation and provide local jobs for people living in the Indonesian islands.


WHERE: Equal Exchange, 1033 SE Main

WHEN: 7-8:30

FREE Raffle Tickets! The Basket is worth over $50 of awesome Fair Trade goodies!


ALSO: Learn how you can help us create the very first Portland Fair Trade Directory! We want to make Portland a destination for fair trade advocates all over the PDX area.


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February ‘Fair Trade Third Thursdays: “The Harvest” film screening

Thursday, 2/16  *  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p .m.

FREE drinks and snacks.

Raffle of fair trade goods worth $50.

Fair Trade items available for sale.


Learn more about labor issues in our local food system and how you can get behind new trade policies that create positive change.

Representatives from the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign and Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans will facilitate the movie post-discussion to share more about their local work to reform trade policy and fight child labor and trafficking in our systems. Understand the interconnectedness of economic injustice and how you play a role.


MOVIE: The Harvest
The story of the Children who feed America.



Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat.  Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive.  THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest.

From the Producers of the Academy-Award® Nominated film, WAR/DANCE and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, this award-winning documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.

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Fair Trade Chocolate and Gifts and ‘Raise the Bar Hershey’ for January ‘Portland Fair Trade Third Thursdays’ with the NWFTC

JOIN US in kicking off the year with the ‘Raise the Bar Hershey!’ campaign and our monthly night featuring local organizations dedicated to fair trade and economic justice.

Shop fair trade chocolate and gifts for Valentine’s Day at our Member Marketplace!


In 2011, the NWFTC showed four film screenings of the acclaimed documentary, ‘The Dark Side of Chocolate’, to help raise awareness about the child labor and trafficking in the cocoa trade around Portland. We passed out over 400 Reverse Trick-or-Treating kits promoting fair trade chocolate to communities in Portland and we’re gearing up for more!

We’ve created a space for fair trade in Portland where you can get resources for your community, shop fair trade and get involved in the local movement to make Portland fair trade!

NWFTC Fair Trade Third Thursdays @ Equal Exchange

January 19th

‘Chocolate Awareness and Fair Trade Desserts and Gifts for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day’

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Equal Exchange, 1033 SE Main, Portland


  • Raffle of Gift Basket filled with fair trade goodies worth $50
  • Enjoy FREE Equal Exchange chocolate and hot cocoa and desserts made from fair trade baking cocoa!
  • Member Marketplace offering Fair Trade wine, flowers, chocolate and gifts from local fair trade businesses
  • A presentation on ‘Raise the Bar, Hershey!’ campaign and actions to get behind


NW Food Front Cooperative Monthly Film Series

Screening of ‘The Dark Side of Chocolate’

Wednesday, February 8th

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

NW Multnomah County Library, 2300 Northwest Thurman Street, Portland


Check out Equal Exchange NEW Fair Trade Valentine Card Set with chocolate minis available for purchase at Food Front!

Enjoy FREE chocolate and drinks!



In 2010, 4 leading organizations – Global Exchange, Green America, International Labor Rights Forum and Oasis USA – started ‘Raise the Bar Hershey’, a campaign to put pressure  on Hershey, the largest US chocolate company, to take action to end child and forced labor in its supply chain and to adopt Fair Trade Certified cocoa.

Almost ten years since chocolate companies committed to ending child labor, forced labor, and trafficking in their cocoa supply chains, these egregious labor rights abuses continue. While many chocolate companies have taken steps to trace their cocoa purchasing and implement labor rights standards among their suppliers, the Hershey Company lags behind its competitors. Hershey has no policies in place to trace its cocoa and protect workers.

Get all the facts on Hershey, latest reports and press releases and sign the petition!


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November 17th “Black Gold” film screening

Come join us for our last film in the Fall Series and enjoy samples of Equal Exchange’s new fair trade Olive Oil and Almonds!

The Story

Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil.

But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.


Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.

Against the backdrop of Tadesse’s journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world’s coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organisation reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.

The film shows the journey of the Ethiopian coffee trade to European and Western markets and how small farmers struggle to compete in the international market. Get an up close look at how your cup of joe has a global impact.


Film: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Discussion to follow led by Rafael Aviles from Equal Exchange

Equal Exchange trades with the farmers in the movie and Rafael will share more about the coffee trade, how it affects farmers and the ethical challenges the industry faces. This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to get educated about where their joe comes from.

He’ll be discussing parallels how non fair trade coffee and fair trade coffee effect farmers around the world and present the facts about:

Get some background information and learn more about their Ethiopian partners that are profiled in the film by visiting their website.

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NWFTC announces 2nd Annual Portland Fair Trade Marketplace, Nov. 13th

It’s that time of the year again and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be putting on another great Fair Trade Marketplace at the First Unitarian Church this year. Thanks to our co-sponsors, the Economic Justice Action Group there at the church, we’ll be set up in the beautiful Buchan Building again located there on 12th and Salmon downtown Portland.

This year, the marketplace will feature over 10 local businesses, social justice organizations and representatives from mission driven organizations helping to fight global poverty and support sustainable trade. The goal of the marketplace is to create a market outlet for Portland fair trade organizations to promote their work and provide consumers with ethically sourced, unique gift items for the holidays that promote sustainable development for producers.  Donate, buy gifts and discover a world of good in your back yard that you never knew existed! You can BUY LOCAL and SUPPORT FAIR TRADE at the same time!

Expect to see some of your favorite local businesses & organizations such as:

  • AWAZ Voice for Empowerment
  • Equal Exchange
  • Topanien Global Gifts
  • Mayan Hands
  • Canaan Olive Oil
  • Ojoba Collective
  • Women’s Bean Project
  • Jubilee Oregon
  • Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans

Portland Fair Trade Holiday Marketplace Sponsors

Northwest Fair Trade Coalition * First Unitarian Church Economic Justice Action Group * Portland ReDirect Guide 


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Northwest Fair Trade Coalition celebrates October Fair Trade Month with Fair Trade films, activities and Reverse Trick-or-Treating in Portland

It’s time for another Fair Trade bonanza in Portland!

Since our first two-week celebration for World Fair Trade Day in May, we’ve been making plans for another annual event: October Fair Trade Month. Portlanders will again take time to praise the people who produce the food and products we consume and learn more about ways they can support economic justice in trade.

Check out the preview list of activities for October and mark them on your calendar now!

Starting Saturday, Oct. 1st, NWFTC members will launch a month long educational campaign to build Fair Trade Ambassadors for global change with activities all around Portland to raise awareness about the international fair trade movement and encourage conscious consumption for October Fair Trade Month. Members are hosting a variety of events, fundraisers and film screenings to promote their work and engage all audiences in fair trade awareness building.

Highlights of the month include a film screening of the highly acclaimed documentary “The Dark Side of Chocolate” and distribution of FREE Reverse Trick-or-Treating Kits in partnership with human rights organization Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Cocoa Campaign.

Join our celebration. Educate yourself. Become a Fair Trade Ambassador for Portland and pledge to commit to fair trade. With your support, we can bring fair trade to faith organizations, community groups, business, schools and homes around Portland.

Contact nwfairtrade@gmail for all queries.


October 1st through Halloween

FREE Reverse Trick-or-Treating kits to the public distributed by Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, in partnership with Equal Exchange and Food Front Cooperative Grocery in NW Portland

Food Front Cooperative Grocery NW, 2375 NW Thurman St.

The national event serves to promote fairly traded chocolate for Halloween in coordination with October Fair Trade Month and Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Cocoa Campaign.

On Halloween night, children across the U.S. will hand candy back to the adults who answer the door at over 100,000 households this Halloween. It’s not that they dislike candy; rather, the kids will be giving out Fair Trade chocolate attached to an informational card to raise awareness of the child labor, forced labor, trafficking, poverty and environmental degradation that is widespread on cocoa farms. Since the event was launched five years ago by Global Exchange and Equal Exchange, Reverse Trick-or-Treaters have delivered this important message, and a solution, to over half a million North American households. Reverse Trick-or-Treating will reach many community members in Portland and offer them the tools to make global change.

Friday, Oct 7 – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Fair Trade in Multnomah Village

Topanien Global Gifts, 7832 SW Capitol Highway
Celebrate International Fair Trade month on First Friday, Oct. 7 in Multnomah Village with Topanien Global Gifts.  Local stores specializing in Fair Trade from around the globe will be the highlight. Create a Fair Trade Banner with printing blocks from India at Topanien Global Gifts. Learn about women and fair trade from AWAZ Voice for Empowerment, a local social enterprise working to educate and empower disadvantaged people in India.  And enjoy fair trade coffee at Indigo Traders while you learn about their efforts to support artisans through Fair Trade practices.

Monday, Oct 10 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

Film Screening of “The Dark Side of Chocolate”

Presented by Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH) KELLS Human Trafficking Speaker Series

Kells Irish Pub and Restaurant 112 SW 2nd Ave.

Is the chocolate we eat produced with the use of child labor and trafficked children?  The Danish journalist Miki Mistrati decides to investigate the rumors.  Follow the award winning journalist on his quest to expose child slavery and trafficking in the cocoa fields of West Africa where chocolate giants Nestle, Hershey and Cargill source their cocoa.

In partnership with Human Rights organization Global Exchange’s ‘Raise the Bar, Hershey’s’ Campaign.

Wednesday, Oct 12 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Film Screening of “The Fair Trade Movie”

Presented by NW Food Front Coop Monthly Movie Series

NW Multnomah Library, 2300 NW Thurman Street

The feature documentary The Fair Trade tells the story of Tamara Johnston who, devastated by the tragic death of her fiance, makes a bargain with God in exchange for a meaningful life. She and her twin sister Shelby join forces with brother-in-law Steven to start one of the first fair trade skincare companies—Anti-Body. Even as Tamara becomes a successful activist for human rights and social justice causes, despair over her loss remains unabated. As she nears the deadline of her bargain, a trip to Africa allows her to visit the fair trade co-op from which Anti-Body buys its organic shea butter. There, she finds a surprising answer to what is required of her in exchange for a sustainable life.

Thursday, Oct 20th – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Film Screening of “A Thousand Fibers” and Panel Discussion about the Fair Trade Craft Movement featuring stories from producers and knowledgeable professionals in the field

Presented by Northwest Fair Trade Coalition Third Thursday Film Series

Equal Exchange, 1033 SE Main

Buying Fair Trade is a conscious choice. When consumers choose it, they often understand the basics of Fair Trade and are cognizant of the various parts of the supply chain, including the essential—yet often overlooked—role of the person who produces the product. The documentary produced by Partners of Just Trade explores the principles of Fair Trade based on real life experiences, with a special focus on the lives of handcraft artisans in Peru. The film will be followed by an in depth discussion about fair trade artisan groups as a viable alternative to sweatshop production.

Saturday, 0ct 29th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Jubilee Oregon Annual Benefit, “Just Desserts”

Celebrating the cultures of the Global South through Food and Crafts

First Unitarian Church, Buchan Building, SW 12th and Salmon

Help fight debt cancellation in the Global South and join Jubilee Oregon for a sampling of desserts from 10 different countries of the Global South where unjust debt has kept them locked in the chains of extreme poverty. Enjoy wine, desserts from international restaurants around Portland and hear stories about Jubilee’s work in Zambia. Includes an additional Marketplace featuring fairly traded chocolate from Equal Exchange, handmade, accessories and decor from India from AWAZ Voice for Empowerment and traditional crafts from Ethiopia. A percentage of sale proceeds will benefit Jubilee Oregon. Tickets are $35. Scholarships available.

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