The fair trade movement is experiencing growing pains. When the movement was smaller, it was easier for advocates to get consensus because they held similar goals. But now, large multinational corporations recognize the profitability in social responsibility, and they want in on the action.
As more consumers show concern about the sources of the products they wear and consume, many in the fair trade community want to balance the needs of smaller farmers and artisans with those of large companies.
Both Chicago Fair Trade and World Shoppe will be represented at Globalfest: Latin America, which takes place tomorrow (10/28/11) from 6-9:30 pm at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.