Fair Trade Calgary

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Calgary Businesses and Organizations all across business and communities in support of Fair Trade
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2Peaz Art Collective

2Peaz Artist Collective is comprised of Melisa Centofanti and Sharon Fortowsky. This is a place to see what's going on with 2Peaz Artist Collective.

Adventure with Purpose

An impact travel company, dedicated to offering educational experiences that enrich the lives of travellers and the communities they are visiting

Alberta Apparel

All of their garments are cut and sewn in Canada! The entire team is Albertan; from graphic designers, to website nerds & photographers

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation

Working toward ending povery and achieving a peaceful and healthy world, with dignity and full participation for all.

Advocating for Animal Welfare and The Environment

This organization is led by Carol Tracey, and is not a registered charity or non profit, but is an individual passionate about the humane treatment of animals and protection of the environment. 

Arusha Centre

The Arusha Centre inspires and supports communities to connect, gather, and create a socially, economically, and environmentally just future.

Bow Valley College

Offering competency-based education (CBE) flexible learning options that gives more control over pacing and workload.

Bud Funding

Meeting the needs of the present withount compromising the ability of future generations from meeting theirs.

Calgary Alliance for the Common Good

The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good is everyday people taking powerful action together for the common good. We develop the diverse voices of our community, building relationships across religious, racial, class, and neighborhood lines. Then we knit them together one by one to build the power to make the positive changes they want to see in our community, making our shared home a better place to live and thrive.

Calgary Arts Academy

An innovative, progressive Kindergarten to Year 10 public charter school that engages children through Arts Immersion to become confident learners.

Calgary Centre for Global Community

We provide education, engagement and research opportunities to enhance responsible, well-informed, effective global citizenship.

Calgary Climate Hub

A volunteer-led, non-profit that unites a diverse group of Calgarians committed to working together to support meaningful local action on climate change.

Calgary French & International School

A full French immersion setting for children aged 3 through Grade 12. A CFIS education is robust, well rounded and is welcoming and adaptable to the needs of individual learners.

Calgary's Future

Real leadership starts here We deserve better. Let’s find, support, and elect community leaders we can trust with our money, our neighbourhoods, and our future.

Calgary Social Capital Society

Building Calgary's Social Capital Society one one membership and one idea at a time.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

One year ago the Taliban seized power over Afghanistan. Since then, the people of Afghanistan, who overwhelmingly and bravely oppose the regime, have been subjected to a reign of terror which has seen nearly 50% of the population on the verge of starvation, widespread human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, detentions and torture of citizens, and a near total loss of rights for women and girls, including a ban on attending school for girls over the age of 12. Human Rights Watch has called the situation “the most serious women’s rights crisis in the world today.”

Casa Corazon

Founded in 2004, Casa Corazon brings are personally goods from Guatemala to Calgary. They are chosen and custom designed in partnership with our cottage industry artisans.

CAUSE Canada

CAUSE Canada partners with hard-to-reach rural communities in Central America and West Africa to empower people living in extreme poverty to meet their basic health, education and livelihood needs. We believe that all people, no matter where they live in the world, deserve dignity and justice.

CAWST | Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

CAWST teaches people how to get safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in their own homes, using simple, affordable technologies.

Clarke Web Services

A freelance web design organization dedicated to provding digital media solutions to the non-profit community

Culinaire Magazine

Culinaire is a food and beverage magazine tempting tastebuds, engaging appetites, and celebrating Alberta. We’re highlighting local people and learning from them.

Dialog

Dialog's Calgary studio approaches design with a blend of practicality and adventure. Their Calgary team has become a fixture within the community.

Ellie Bianca

Ellie Bianca is the embodiment of their work, and was established as a means to make an important difference that is both powerful and sustainable.

Engineers Without Borders

EWB unlocks human potential in Sub-Saharan Africa by investing in social enterprises. With support for local innovators to accelerate their impact.

Earth Guardians YYC

Earth Guardians YYC is a youth-led group in Calgary working towards a just and sustainable future for everyone.

Fig Tree Foundation

The Fig Tree Foundation Endowment Fund is used to support international development projects carried out by the FTF’s Roundtable members.

Hillhurst Sunyside Community Association

The Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (HSCA) serves the communities of Hillhurst, Upper Hillhurst, Westmount and Sunnyside in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Infinite Mind Pictures Inc.

Infinite Mind Pictures engages world citizens by creating thrilling movies, lighthearted games and deep StoryWorlds to imagine a sustainable future and act to make it a reality.

Jacaranda

Jacarandá works with 9 artisans, located in Arequipa, Peru. With them they we have created a relationship of trust in each product they make together for their clients.

Kushwaha & Goes Management

Professional property and asset management

Kushwaha Law Office

Professionals; knowledgeable, conversant with laws and regulations, and experienced in the involved in the selling, purchasing and refinancing of properties.

Light Up The World

Light Up the World is a Canadian charity and International development organization dedicated to improving communities by providing access to energy and life-changing technologies.

Lowen's Skin Care

Lowen’s Skincare is a family-owned skincare company based in Calgary, AB. Conceived by a veteran Pharmacist committed to using locally sourced organic, fair-trade ingredients.

Madhuban Performing Arts

Providing an immersive, dynamic and multi-disciplinary platform for various South Asian art forms. Currently, specializing in dancing and music.

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival presents some of the world’s best documentaries on the issues that are important to us as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans.

Marco Satyro Learning Forum

Our mission is to convene local knowledge of technical equipment, systems, and regulatory frameworks.

Mennonite Central Committee

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.

Momentum

We are committed to building a society where everyone is valued. We care deeply for the well-being of our participants and each other and are committed to building an inclusive society.

Muktobihongo

Muktobihongo is a hub for creative arts in Calgary where we celebrate the subcontinent's art & culture through the means of dance, drama, music, and poetry.

Operation Eyesight Universal

Operation Eyesight an international development organization working to prevent blindness and restore sight. Founded in 1963 in Calgary, Canada, we have been recognized as a key player working towards the elimination of avoidable blindness.

Plastic Free YYC

Plastic Free YYC is made of up passionate waste-fighting warriors who bring their professional expertise across various areas in the business. All of the roles are created, not only to help promote plastic-free solutions, but to provide first-hand, career-enhancing experience.

Project Plowshares Society

Ploughshares Calgary seeks to educate & encourage research to create mutual respect and understanding so as to contribute to human security and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

REAP Business Association

Making a difference through business isn’t fringe activity anymore, it’s the new standard. Be Local is that unified voice to amplify all the good you are doing.

Rotary Club of Calgary East

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change

Rotaract Club

Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

St. Andrews United Church

St. Andrew’s provides intentionally inclusive, safe environments where all are welcome. We journey together openly, to build trust and engage all in the broader community as equal participants in a community of faith Called to Follow the Way of Jesus.

Swallow A Bicycle

Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 2006 by Mark Hopkins and Charles Netto. For more than a decade, our main focus was creating original site-specific theatre (in other words, performance in unusual spaces). In 2018, we adopted a new Art Manifesto that guides our work. The name comes from a quote by playwright Arthur Miller: “a playwright lives in an occupied country. He’s the enemy. And if you can’t live like that, you don’t stay. It’s tough. He’s got to be able to take a whack, and he’s got to swallow bicycles and digest them.”

United Nations Association of Canada

UNA-Canada is an historic national civil society organization and registered charity with the mandate to educate and engage citizens on the work of the United Nations and global issues that affect us all.

UCalgary Fashion Network

A Student Union organization, based at the University of Calgary, that caters to fashion and beauty enthusiasts.

University of Calgary - Office of Sustainability

Water Movement is a non-for-profit venture under EWB Calgary Professional Chapter. Our team of volunteers includes a unique mix of Industry Professionals and University Students. Our core values are collaboration, sustainability and reliability

Villages Calgary

Encouraging our local community to support the livelihoods of producers from marginalized communities through ethical and fair trade.

Water Movement YYC

Water Movement is a non-for-profit venture under EWB Calgary Professional Chapter. Our team of volunteers includes a unique mix of Industry Professionals and University Students. Our core values are collaboration, sustainability and reliability

Woodcliff United Church - Childrens'

Encouraging our local community to support the livelihoods of producers from marginalized communities through ethical and fair trade.

Woodcliff United Church - Outreach

Encouraging our local community to support the livelihoods of producers from marginalized communities through ethical and fair trade.

Our Mission

Fair Trade Calgary is a group under the not-for-profit organization Engineers Without Borders, Calgary Professional Chapter.

We are working to increase awareness and encourage availability of fair trade products in Calgary.

We would like ethical purchasing to be an everyday choice for Calgarians, with fair trade products easily accessible at stores and restaurants across the City.

This can be achieved when the general public is more knowledgeable about the global impact of buying fair trade products locally.

At A Glance

Fair trade empowers marginalized producers to improve their own living conditions. With the proper resources, capacity, and access to key relationships, disadvantaged producers can earn their own means to a better life for themselves and their communities. 

Fair trade principles include a fair price paid for the product, ethical working conditions, environmental sustainability, long term business relationships with producers, as the entire premium goes to community initiatives.

Both the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) and Fairtrade Canada support Fair Trade Calgary’s Campaign to achieve Fair Trade Town status. 

The Canadian Fair Trade Network

Fair Trade +

Are we supporting ethical purchasing even if the product is not Fair trade certified?

YES

Many times, it is hard for a small business to find the resources to offer at least two Fairtrade products.  Fair Trade Calgary still believes in recognizing and encouraging businesses that are following the basic principles of Fair Trade, but are not able to be counted for our official Fair Trade Town Status designation. 

We also want to educate the public that these small businesses deserve support and encouragement to continue to grow, and hopefully also one day be counted as Calgary’s availability of ethical product grows.

It can also be confusing to the public when there are so many different symbols that are considered “fair trade”.  The Fairtrade Mark represents the best known and most respected ethical certification system for social sustainability.  It provides an easy and reliable way to know that products have met credible standards that are set and monitored following best practices, public input, and regular audits. 

Fair Trade Campuses

University of Calgary

First designated Fair Trade Campus in Alberta

Bow Valley College

Designation in Progress

Fair Trade Schools

Calgary Arts Academy

Calgary's only Fair Trade School

Fair Trade Workplaces

Florist Supply Ltd.

Fair Trade Flowers from Ecuador & Kenya

Momentum Calgary

Learn, Earn, Save & Thrive with Momentum

Mennonite Central Committee

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OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Fair Trade is a global movement of consumers, producers, businesses and certifiers who consider people and the planet first.

They all work to ensure that they’re focusing on treating resources as limited, and are creating products that benefit the producers who make them and the land that grows them.