This week on Planet Good Radio, we’ll talk with Rodney North of Equal Exchange, a successful coffee and cocoa company that functions under a unique owner/worker business model. They’ve been practicing Fair Trade and blazing trails for more than 20 years.
They started with this idea: What if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers? What if trade supported family farms that use organic methods, rather than industrialized agribusinesses that rely on harmful chemicals?
They’re winning awards all over the place, and this year alone they’ve been recognized by:
Financial Times/JustMeans Social Innovation Award
City of Boston/Green Business Award for the Equal Exchange Cafe
Aaron Feuerstein Spirituality and Business Award
Fair Trade Federation – Best Public Education Program in 2008 for Interfaith Program
WorldBlu’s World’s Most Democratic Workplaces
Check out this video