Chicago Fair Trade brings together a group of inspired individuals looking to improve the world around us, one fair trade product at a time. From businesses, to schools, to individuals, Chicago Fair Trade offers many different types of membership.
From Fair Trade members socials, to fair trade festival opportunities, membership with Chicago Fair Trade allows you to meet likeminded people and expand your fair trade network, all while having fun and promoting fair trade while you do it. We have a robust network of people working to create the world we want to live in.
The more members we have, the more powerful our movement becomes.
We invite groups and individuals to become part of the growing fair trade movement in Chicago! By working together, we can achieve so much.
Chicago Fair Trade has four different membership categories:
Open to anyone who is a fair trade advocate and wants to support our network; we have individual membership options for all income types
If you are considering opening a fair trade business, we encourage you to apply for individual membership before starting your business
Open to Fair Traders, Local Producers, and Allied Members with an established connection to the Chicagoland area
Business members may be for-profit or not-for-profit, including non-profits who sell fair trade items
Faith-based groups and organizations who support fair trade and Chicago Fair Trade’s mission
Schools, non-profits, agencies, and other non-faith-based institutions who want to become part of the growing fair trade movement in Chicago
Chicago Fair Trade encourages its members to…
Work to build a “fair market” economy (rather than “free market” economy) to ensure that all have what they need for a dignified life by:
- Paying a living wage to employees locally.
- Paying a living wage to low-income artisans and farmers throughout the world.
- Working for policy changes at the local and national level that provide for a living wage.
- Educating others about the importance of a fair-trade economy.
- Carrying and/or marketing fairly-traded products.
Respect and nurture the cultural identity of farmers, artisans, and other producers who trade with North American partners.
Value and empower artisans, farmers and other producers (particularly women) for their contributions to production and trade.
Promote and participate in environmentally-sustainable practices at home, in faith communities and schools, and in the business community.
Be open to public scrutiny and accountability with respect to individual, organizational and business practices.
Build long-term trade relationships with trade partners, providing support for local economies in addition to partnerships between North America consumers and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and other parts of the world.
Provide healthy and safe working conditions, locally in the United States and elsewhere around the world.