Our Mission

Fair Trade Philadelphia (FTPHL) mission is to advocate and promote for the core tenets of Fair Trade among our constituency of individuals, businesses and institutions within the Philadelphia region.

Our Principles

Fair Trade Philadelphia (FTPHL) endorses the World Fair Trade Organization’s (WFTO) 10 principles of Fair Trade as our organization’s standards for Fair Trade advocacy and commerce.

About Fair Trade

About Us

Learn more about our history and mission.

About Fair Trade

Understand Fair Trade

What is fair trade? How did it come about? Learn more about this great movement!

Get Involved

Get Involved

Whether you're an activist, a consumer or a business owner, we need your help promoting and advocating fair trade!

Find Fair Trade Products

Buy Fair Trade Products

As consumers, one of the best ways you can support workers is to purchase fair trade products when possible.

News, announcements, events and blogs

News, announcements, events and blogs

News, announcements, events and blogs related to the fair trade movement.

Philadelphia is a fair trade city!

Look for fair trade certified seals and signs when you shop.

Look for these fair trade signs


Upcoming events. Check out our Facebook events! We also hold our general meeting on the third Thursday at 6PM-7:30PM. Join us!

"Fair Her"

Drexel University’s Women in Business group at Le Bow School of Business in collaboration with the Fair Trade Philadelphia group hosted an event, “Fair Her” on November 6th at Drexel University to generate awareness about fair trade practices among the Drexel community.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
6:00pm to 8:00pm at Le Bow School of Business of Drexel University

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- FTPHL Team (11.23.2019)

Made in Philadelphia: 2019 Fall Market at the Dilworth Plaza

We, Fair Trade Philadelphia, are made in the city of Brotherly Love, a 43rd Fair Trade Town in 2015. Our efforts were recognized at City Hall on Oct. 15, 2015.

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- FTPHL Team (10.16.2019)

Save the Date! Greenfest 2019

FTPHL will have its annual presence at the event! We'll be retailing an assortment of Fair Trade items from local Fair Trade retailers. Come visit our booth and say hello! More information to come.

Sunday, September 8, 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm at Bainbridge St., between 3rd and 5th streets, Philadelphia
Facebook Event
Greenfest web site

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- FTPHL Team (08.17.2019)

Fair Trade Spices: Building Equitable Supply Chains For Farmers and Cooks

Join chef and activist entrepreneur, Ethan Frisch, cofounder of Burlap & Barrel, for a discussion about spices, spice sourcing, and building new supply chains to connect smallholder spice farmers with high value markets. Supply chains for spices have unfortunately changed very little over the centuries since the colonial spice trade - until now.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
6:00pm to 7:30pm at Philadelphia City Institute Free Library, 1905 Locust St., Philadelphia
Facebook Event

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- FTPHL Team (08.17.2019)

General Body Meeting (August 2019)

The next General Body Meeting will be Wednesday, August 21. Come join us as we continue planning innovative ways to promote Fair Trade throughout the Philadelphia region. We'll be discussing plans for the upcoming Fair Trade Spices and Greenfest events. We will also look further ahead to the potential of participating in the Fall Market at Dilworth Plaza.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St

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- FTPHL Team (08.17.2019)


Last month, we convened at Rachel's shared community space to take a step back from our work and celebrate the burgeoning local Fair Trade movement. Members contributed a wide assortment of potluck dishes and beverages, with many Fair Trade choices in the mix. We had a very enjoyable time learning more about one another and discovering shared passions and interests.

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- FTPHL Team (08.01.2019)

June 19 at 6:30pm at Friends Center
Fair Trade & Social Justice Networking Night

Are you interested in working in fair trade or furthering your career path in social justice? Join Fair Trade Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30pm for an evening of discussion and networking.

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- FTPHL Team (06.06.2019)

Made in Philadelphia: 2018 Fall Market at the Dilworth Plaza

We, Fair Trade Philadelphia, are made in the city of Brotherly Love, a 43rd Fair Trade Town in 2015. Our efforts were recognized at City Hall on Oct. 15, 2015.

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- FTPHL Team (10.27.2018)


Important and exciting announcements.

Chocolate Industry Petition

Fair Trade Philadelphia has launched a petition among our members to advocate for transparency and better working conditions for those in the chocolate industry.

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- Barbara Donnini (10.3.2017)

Fair Trade Buying Club

Fair Trade Philadelphia, in partnership with the Open Life Shop, is organizing a Fair Trade Buying Club to help connect our members with discounts on Fair Trade items.

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- Barbara Donnini (10.3.2017)

Philly City Council Passes Fair Trade Resolution

The Philadelphia City Council officially signed and passed the resolution on February 26th, 2015 recognizing and Commending Fair Trade Philadelphia for its Commitment to Economic Equality for Workers and Sustainable Production Practices for the Environment.

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- Ivy Hunter (2.29.2016)

Celebration at City Hall: Philadelphia is a Fair Trade City!

We had a wonderful time celebrating with City Council! Thank you to all who helped make Philadelphia a Fair Trade City!.

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- Barbara Donnini (10.15.2015)

News & Blogs

News and blogs related to the fair trade movement.

Grace Gardner and Her Work with the Children in Santa Cruz, La Laguna, Guatemala

Imagine living in a remote community where you have little education and a constant threat of hunger, and you hear that a deadly virus is now surrounding your village. The residents of Santa Cruz, La Laguna, Guatemala face that condition today and need your help.

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- FTPHL Team (5.25.2020)

What Is Fair Trade Fashion and What Makes it Different From The Fast Fashion Industry We Know Today?

Getting a great deal on a dress or a pair of shoes may feel good in the moment, feeling as if our money was spent wisely and now we can look great for half the price. However, there is much more behind the price of our clothing that we as consumers should be more conscious about. The objective of this article is to give insight on the negative side effects of the fast fashion industry and shed light on the positive impacts Fair Trade fashion has on our communities and environment.

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- Sylta (04.10.2020)

Sizzling Summer '18

Our Summer '18 newsletter discusses upcoming events, our fair trade coffee social and chocolate industry petition.

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- FTPHL Team (8.2.2018)

Coffee Roasting Demonstration

FTPHL visited Philly Fair Trade Roasters with Joe Cesa during the coffee roasting demonstration.

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- Bhawna Kasliwal (5.8.2017)

Looking for Women’s Shoes, Tops, Dresses, Socks and alike, Experience of FTPHL members

So far, I have not been able to find fair trade certified socks, shoes, tops, pants or dresses yet in the Philadelphia stores. Let us know if you find them! So, for those items, I go online.

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- Bhawna Kasliwal (4.29.2017)

World Fair Trade Day Coffee Break Challenge

Fair Trade Philadelphia participated in the World Fair Trade Day 2016 by doing the World Fair Trade Coffee Break Challenge with Ten Thousand Villages, Center City Philadelphia.

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- Barbara Donnini (5.14.2016)

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