Fair Trade USA™ uses technology to empower responsible sourcing with funding from the Walmart Foundation

Grant will also help drive other environmental and social improvements in global supply chains

OAKLAND, California, March 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Walmart Foundation has provided a grant for $1,097 million to Fair Trade USA™ to support the creation of a more scalable and sustainable impact model. The grant supports the organization’s ongoing technical transformation that enables fair trade USA to help brands strengthen responsible sourcing and drive other environmental and social improvements in global supply chains.

“Subsidies of this kind are extremely important for the future of sustainable supply chains,” said the spokesperson Paul Ricefounder and CEO of Fairtrade USA. “The Walmart Foundation has supported our technology transformation for several years. Their support enables us to build the tools that will continue to drive higher incomes, better education and more impactful environmental protections for communities around the world.”

Other areas of support include:

  • Improving the Fair Trade Academy to educate employees on relevant technical, social and environmental issues
  • Further exploration of Fair Trade integration USA certification with the Ethics Charter and other industry initiatives

Fair trade last year USA launched a bold new initiative: a multi-year technology transformation program aimed at building a more scalable and sustainable impact model. This initiative leverages the latest advances in technology and data management to increase transparency and trust throughout the global supply chain, create and share better supply chain information, and activate a thriving market ecosystem from producer to consumer.

The grant will also provide resources to support Fair Trade USA worker voice tool technology for its next generation assurance model.

For more information about fair trade USAvisit the website.

On philanthropy at Walmart
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About Fairtrade USA
Fair trade USA, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America. Offering award-winning, rigorous and globally recognized sustainable sourcing certification programs that improve livelihoods, protect the environment and build resilient, transparent supply chains, the trusted Fair Trade Certified™ seal on a product means it’s made to strict fair trade standards. Fair Trade USA is building an innovative model of corporate responsibility, conscious consumerism and shared value to eradicate poverty and enable sustainable development for farmers, workers, their families and communities around the world.

Contact details:
Fair Trade USA
Verna Graham
Senior Manager, Public Relations
[email protected]
Fair Trade Certified.org

SOURCE Fair trade USA

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