Equal Exchange has been a force for change since our beginnings in 1979. We are a worker co-operative dedicated to the promotion of Fair Trade and organic production methods, ensuring a fair deal for farmers and the environment.
The ethics (and politics) of food are not simple. Organic principles are sometimes at odds with the immediate needs of farmers whose livelihoods — and even survival — depend on their ability to sell crops on a competitive world market.
The alternative trade movement is about creating a set of conditions in which producers of all kinds of products can earn a fair reward for their labour, in an environmentally and ecologically sensitive way.