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Fair Trade at Duquesne

Duquesne Fair Trade Week 2017: Nov. 27-30



Nov. 27 - 30 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Duquesne Union, PNC Atrium
Jump-start your Christmas shopping and purchase fair trade and
ethically sourced products from all over the world. While shopping,
take some time to chat with local vendors who run Pittsburgh-based
fair trade businesses.


Nov. 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center
Join us for a FREE locally sourced fair trade dinner! Learn about
what fair trade is and how you can be a responsible consumer.
If you are interested in joining, reserve your spot with Kate Lecci at


Nov. 30 | Noon | Duquesne Union, Africa Room
Hear from Wendy Farmerie, owner of The Silk Road, a fair trade store
in New Wilmington, PA. Wendy has been working within a fair trade
business model for the past 11 years. As part of her work, she travels
to meet with artisans in Nicaragua and Kyrgyzstan. Wendy will speak
on her experience building relationships with artisans who come from
such varied backgrounds, and the challenges faced by artisans globally.
To RSVP for the lunch, email Jody Iannelli at iannellij@duq.edu.

What is Fair Trade?  

Fair Trade is an economic partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect.
At its heart, Fair Trade is about building respectful, enduring relationships and giving global market access to producers in developing countries.
Fair Trade embodies a certain set of criteria that are included but not limited to:

  • Paying a fair wage in the local context.
  • Offering employees opportunities for advancement.
  • Providing equal emplyment opportunities for all people, particularly the most disadvantaged.
  • Engaging in environmentally sustainable practices.
  • Being open to public accountability.
  • Building long-term relationships.
  • Providing healthy and safe working conditions within the local context.
  • Providing financial aid and technical assistance to producers whenever possible.

Information taken from www.fairtradefederation.org

Why should we promote Fair Trade at Duquesne?  

As a Catholic Spiritan Institution we are called by our faith to support the ideals of Human Dignity, Solidarity, Subsidiary, Preferential Option for the Poor and Marginalized and other tenets of Catholic Social Teaching, in order to promote a more just and fair society.

"Solidarity is not just a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and preserving determination to commit oneself to the common good." ~ Economic Justice for All


Fair Trade week is an annual event filled with awareness activities, local Fair Trade Vendors, and movie screenings. To be part of Fair Trade Education and Awareness at Duquesne, Contact Kate Lecci at leccik@duq.edu.

For more information about Fair Trade visit the following links

Download Fair Trade Info!




Student committee working together to spread Fair Trade Awareness on Duquesne University's campus.

Working in collaboration with Spiritan Campus Ministry, Catholic Relief Services, and campus partners.

LOOK FOR THESE LOGOS TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT! Click on the logo to learn more.

Fair trade federation logoequal exchange logoFairTrade certified logoFairtrade certified logo 2

catholic relief services logofairfood logo

Fair Trade v. Fair Food

  • Fair Trade refers to items that are ethically produced or grown in another country (typically developing nation) and imported into the country where you are making your purchase
  • o Fair Food refers to produce ethically grown, harvested, and sold locally (your region) or domestically (within the United States).

Our Fair Food Partner: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers

From the CIW website:

"The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements
in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Built on a foundation of farmworker community
organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW's work has steadily grown over
more than twenty years to encompass three broad and overlapping spheres: The Fair Food Program, Anti-Slavery Campaign, and The Campaign for Fair Food."

The Fair Food Program:

"In 2011, CIW launched the Fair Food Program (FFP), a groundbreaking model for Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) based on a
unique partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and participating retail buyers.

Under the FPP, CIW conducts worker-to-worker education sessions on the new labor standards set forth in the program's Fair Food Code of Conduct;
The Fair Food Standards Council, a third-party monitor created to ensure compliance with the FFP, conducts regular audits and carries out ongoing
complaint investigation and resolution; and participating buyers pay a small Fair Food premium which tomato growers pass on to workers."