Who Is Fair Trade LA?

Fair Trade LA (FTLA) is a membership nonprofit organization that includes individuals, business members, university and student groups, faith-based members, and non-profit organizations.

FTLA began in 2005 with 5 dedicated individuals who gathered to discuss ways to broaden and deepen the awareness of Fair Trade in Los Angeles and surrounding communities.  Their dream was that consumers would come to understand and value how a new way of thinking and acting can directly improve the lives of farmers, workers and artisans around the world.  It seems that their instincts were right, and FTLA’s subsequent efforts are producing great fruit.

Over these years Fair Trade LA has successfully established two Fair Trade cities, Pasadena and Claremont, and three more are in the works.  One of those three is Los Angeles.  We have taken the ambitious leap to make LA the largest Fair Trade city in the U.S.  We have four Fair Trade colleges/universities, Pomona, Loyola Marymount, UCLA and California Lutheran and four are in progress.  There are five Fair Trade congregations with more on the way, and we are working to identify Fair Trade high schools and elementary schools.  We remain committed to insuring that the Fair Trade movement spreads as deeply and as widely as possible, joining with the efforts of those involved throughout the United States and internationally.

Find out what FTLA is all about by joining us at one of our meetings! More information on meeting location, time and dates can be found in the FTLA Contact section of the website.

We welcome new participants to help expand the fair trade movement. All you have to do is express your interest! Simply sign up by email on the Email Subscription section on the right side of the page.  You’ll then receive information about Fair Trade actions and events in the Los Angeles area! Also please let us know if you have any questions.

We hope to hear from you soon.