Equal Exchange’s mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.
Equal Exchange started with an idea: what if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers? Our founders – Rink Dickinson, Jonathan Rosenthal and Michael Rozyne – asked this question as they envisioned a trade model that values ?each part of the supply chain?. So they took a big risk and plunged full-force into changing a broken food system. In 1986, they started with fairly traded coffee from Nicaragua and didn’t look back?. Read more of our story >
?Three decades later (and with several product lines in the mix), we still face vast challenges. Consumers have been overloaded with labels and certifications, while the Fair Trade movement has been watered down in favor of corporate interests. The whole food industry has continued to consolidate into the hands of just a few big players, allowing concentrated power and deception of choice.
Now more than ever, we need you. We need folks who will go beyond a purchasing transaction to build a truly democratic food system. So, we are ?organizing a community of engaged ?citizen-consumers? through the Equal Exchange Action Forum to join us in discussing the Equal Exchange model? and investing energy in working with us and our farmer partners collaboratively.? We are inviting you into our co-op as we learn how to change the system, together. Join us >