fair-trade

verb
\ ˈfer-ˈtrād How to pronounce fair-trade (audio) \
fair-traded; fair-trading; fair-trades

Definition of fair-trade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to market (a commodity) in compliance with the provisions of a fair-trade agreement

fair trade

noun

Definition of fair trade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : trade in conformity with a fair-trade agreement
2 : a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices

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Other Words from fair-trade

Verb

fair trader noun

Examples of fair-trade in a Sentence

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Flavour companies began to trace beans back to their original villages and farms in order to earn certifications of fair trade and sustainability that commanded top prices. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019 West Elm is known for its high-quality furniture and decor items with an emphasis on fair trade and sustainability. Nicole Clausing, Sunset, "West Elm and Rent the Runway Team up for Decor Flexibility," 22 Jan. 2018 Sarkar recommends checking whether whatever fabric listed on a tag is labeled as fair trade or is certified by an organization like the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, Marie Claire, "The Do's and Don't's of a Closet Refresh," 6 May 2019 Eugenia also became the first president of the Global Shea Alliance, an organization that advises governments and NGOs about shea butter standards, fair trade, and sustainability. Baze Mpinja, Vogue, "This Ghanaian-American Entrepreneur Started a Shea Butter Business Inspired by Her Mom," 10 May 2019 Look for sheets that are certified organic by organizations like the USDA or GOTS as well as fair trade, to ensure that everyone involved in the manufacture of your sheets is being treated and paid fairly for their work. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 Over time, a level playing field with fair trade and protection of intellectual property will be a good thing for U.S. manufacturers—especially those that continue to invest in new technologies. Mark Louchheim, WSJ, "Trump Is Right About China Trade," 2 Oct. 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, that fair trade watchdog, approved the APA deal in September on condition that the consortium reduced its gas market dominance in Western Australian state by selling some of its pipelines there. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Australia to block Chinese $9 billion energy takeover bid," 7 Nov. 2018 The retailer is now the No. 1 purchaser of fair trade organic cotton in the world, and all of their products are made without toxic dyes and chemicals like pesticides. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Boll & Branch's Flagship Store Will Give You All The Cozy Vibes," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fair-trade

Verb

1947, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fair-trade was in 1914

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fair-trade

transitive verb

Legal Definition of fair-trade

: to market (a commodity) in compliance with the provisions of a fair-trade agreement

Other Words from fair-trade

fair trade noun
fair trader noun

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