Beilul Naizghi, Global Exchange Fair Trade intern

Beilul Naizghi, Global Exchange Fair Trade intern

Hi Fair Trade Activistas!

Today’s Fair Trade Roundup introduces Fairtrade America’s new Executive Director and recaps World Fair Trade Day. Plus get to know our summer Fair Trade intern. (And don’t forget the usual vetted list of Fair Trade related articles below.)

Roundup Sections:

  1. Featured Fair Trade Updates
  2. Global Exchange Fair Trade Update
  3. Fair Trade News to Peruse


Hans Theyer

Hans P. Theyer Photo Credit: Fairtrade America

Hans P. Theyer to Lead Fairtrade America

Congratulations and welcome Hans P. Theyer, Fairtrade America’s New Executive Director!

Bama Athreya, Chair, Fairtrade America Board of Directors, had this to say about Hans Theyer’s appointment:

“Hans brings a fantastic combination of business and international development experience to Fairtrade America.  We look forward to working with Hans as he leads us in our efforts to bring the best of the international Fairtrade system to the United States and to build a collaborative, diverse coalition that is united in its belief in producer development and empowerment.”

Here’s Hans speaking about his new appointment:

I am proud to lead the U.S. organization that will expand the benefits of the international Fairtrade system, and I look forward to raising public awareness and working in partnership with companies, retailers, producers and all fair trade advocates that share our vision of building a vibrant fair trade movement in the United States.

You can learn more about Hans here.

WFTD2013-flyer-lo-res-231x300Can you guess how many people attended World Fair Trade Day 2013 events this year?

World Fair Trade Day (WFTD) is the largest Fair Trade event of the year in N. America, and events took place May 4-19 in 2013. So how many people attended these events?

According to Fair Trade Resource Network, around 100,000 people attended nearly 1000 World Fair Trade Day events in N. America this year.

You’ll find lots of fun WFTD 2013 photos on Fair Trade Resource Network’s Facebook page.

Beilul Naizghi protesting in front of GAP during its shareholder meeting last week

Beilul Naizghi protesting in front of GAP during its annual shareholder meeting last week


Meet Global Exchange’s new Fair Trade intern, Beilul Naizghi. Beilul is a rising sophomore studying international development at Brown University in Providence, RI. She will be spending her summer interning with Global Exchange in San Francisco, working on Fair Trade projects.

Her first week at Global Exchange, Beilul was already protesting outside of GAP headquarters during its annual Shareholder meeting!

When asked why she chose to intern with Global Exchange’s Fair Trade program this summer, Beilul had this to say:

I’m interested in learning more about Fair Trade from the perspective of an NGO advocacy group.

Here’s to a great summer internship experience, Beilul!


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