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How it all began: Equal Exchange’s roots and evolution as a force for trade justice

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
7 PM - 8.15 PM ET
via Zoom

When Equal Exchange started in 1986, we purposely set out to build both a new and more equitable model of international trade and a rare-in-the-U.S. democratic business. We broke many of the conventional rules of the market with the goal to trade fairly with farmers and build democratic supply chains. The concepts of fair trade and alternative trade were barely known at that time. Today, while we are a much larger organization with more than 100 worker-owners and a significant national and international scale, we are still living our original wild-eyed dream and breaking conventions with every purchase we make from our trade partners in coffee, bananas, cocoa, and tea.

As we celebrate the 36th anniversary of our organization, join Rink Dickinson (Equal Exchange co-founder and president) and friends, for a look at Equal Exchange’s radical history and how the lessons from the past can help us build a stronger alternative trade organization for the future. 

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Upcoming Events


  • May 10, Citizen-Consumer Monthly Member Meeting 
    Join other Citizen-Consumers for monthly meetings to connect as a member of this community, engage in shared learning, and hear updates from Equal Exchange.
  • May 24, New Member Orientation
    Join us for our next new member orientation to meet the organizing team, learn more about Equal Exchange, and get involved in the citizen-consumer community.