Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fair Trade, Dignity & the Golden Rule

Just about everyone I know is in the throws of an emotional roller coaster these days. And that includes me. If you're anything like me, you've been watching hours of MSNBC and non-stop Facebook feeds. Non-stop stirring the pot definitely generates anxiety. Even tears. If there are issues you believe in, yes, make that phone call to your representatives. It's never better to sit back and do nothing.  Even a phone call or an email will make you feel a bit more at ease. Complacency is never the solution.
Today the Fair Trade Federation released the attached photo which struck a chord with me. "We stand with immigrants, women, refugees, & our global community." Yes, Dunitz & Company does. Yes, I do. I believe in the 'Golden Rule'. Always have.  "Do onto others as you would have them do unto you." I believe it is a human right to live with and be treated with dignity. This IS the cornerstone of fair trade and what all of my colleagues at Fair Trade Federation (FTF) practice.  Everyday we do our very best to make sure those we work with are treated with respect and can live proudly. Our world is complicated. With each small action we take, we do make a difference. Please support fair trade. With your help, those of us working within the fair trade community can continue to make difference in lives. Purchase food and gifts from fair trade vendors.  And - make that phone call to your senator about the issues of the day that are bothering you. You'll be glad you did. -ND