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Our Mission

Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.

Our Story

Equal Exchange started with an idea: what if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers? Our founders - Rink Dickinson, Jonathan Rosenthal and Michael Rozyne - asked this question as they envisioned a trade model that values ​each part of the supply chain​. So they took a big risk and plunged full-force into changing a broken food system. In 1986, they started with fairly traded coffee from Nicaragua and didn't look back​. Read more of our story >

​Three decades later (and with several product lines in the mix), we still face vast challenges. Consumers have been overloaded with labels and certifications, while the Fair Trade movement has been watered down in favor of corporate interests. The whole food industry has continued to consolidate into the hands of just a few big players, allowing concentrated power and deception of choice. 

Now more than ever, we need you. We need folks who will go beyond a purchasing transaction to build a truly democratic food system. So, we are ​organizing a community of engaged ​citizen-consumers​ through the Equal Exchange Action Forum to join us in discussing the Equal Exchange model​ and investing energy in working with us and our farmer partners collaboratively.​ We are inviting you into our co-op as we learn how to change the system, together. Join us > 

Our Model

At Equal Exchange we believe that we should expect no less from ourselves and each other than we demand of our farmer partners. For that reason we have organized ourselves as a democratic worker cooperative, now one of the largest in the country. A worker cooperative is an alternative for-profit structure based upon standard democratic principles. It is not designed to maximize profits, nor returns to investors, but rather to bring to the workplace many of the rights and responsibilities that we hold as citizens in our communities. More

Equal Exchange CD

Buying an Equal Exchange Certificate of Deposit (CD) – rather than a conventional CD – means your money goes to support Equal Exchange, Fair Trade, and our small farmer partners across the world. The great news is your savings can earn competitive interest rates and support your values. More

Contact Us

Customer Service:
Email: orders@equalexchange.coop
Phone: 774-776-7333
Fax: 508-587-3833


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