Cooperation Among Co-ops

Cooperation among cooperatives is the sixth international cooperative principle. Few organizations can lay a stronger claim to putting it into action than Equal Exchange. Since our founding 31 years ago, our very mission, organizational model, and business practices are lived out in adherence to this core value.

In 2008, Equal Exchange launched a new project with Co-op Food Stores, located in New Hampshire and Vermont, whereby we co-branded a dozen of our best coffees, all from small farmer co-operatives throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In addition to increasing sales (enabling us to buy even more small farmer coffee from our partners), we shared another mutual goal: to improve consumer education about the issues facing the incredible, hardworking, small-scale farmers whose cooperatives sell us their flavorsome coffee (education, training and information happens to be the fifth cooperative principle).

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