With only a few minutes of on-line time, anyone can find that the Fair Trade Towns (FTT) movement is supported with donations from at least one big corporation, (GMCR) Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a publicly traded for-profit business selling heavily to Fair Trade inclined consumers. (http://investor.gmcr.com/)
One million dollars was donated this year alone by GMCR to FTT. Their brands include Green Mountain, Tully's, Timothy's, Newman's Own Organic, Caribou and Keurig.
A little more research will show the leader of the FTT movement is linked to GMCR and has developed a comprehensive plan to utilize churches (http://boulderfairtrade.blogspot.com/2011/07/churches-communities-engaging-through.html) to promote Fair Trade. So it would seem the Fair Trade movement, is actually sponsored in part by a for-profit corporation that will financially benefit from increased Fair Trade exposure as cities like La Mesa, and now Encinitas too (http://www.fairtradetownsusa.org/towns/ca/encinitas/), are cajoled into providing endorsing resolutions. The GMCR financial reports of the 4th quarter just ending show they earned $75.4 million profit, or 47 cents per share. That's compared with $27 million, or 20 cents per share, a year earlier. Green Mountain's revenue increased 91 percent to $711.9 million.
Do any of the Fair Trade national leaders, local leaders or local promoters own stock in GMCR?
And with big dollar for-profit corporate donations there is no mystery as to how and why the Fair Trade organizations are able to put up such professional glossy websites and endlessly promote their cause. This is a grassroots campaign to singularly help the 3rd world underclass? It likely also reflects a corporate plan utilizing unknowing local jurisdictions.
It's quite a marketing scheme where for-profit publicly traded and private corporations uses the banner of social justice to mobilize church based good hearted citizens into persuading local governments far and wide to use public resources to help sell their product and make a profit.