Equal Exchange is a small farmer-grown cacao demonstrates the power of alternative trade in an industry built on exploitation and forced labor. The brand partners with democratically organized farmer groups in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru, and Togo.
Organic & fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate, produced by over 130 worker-owners, each with an equal stake - and an equal vote - in the business. For that reason the brand has organized themselves as a democratic worker co-operative, now one of the largest in the country.
The concepts are quite simple: the right to vote (one vote per employee, not per share); the right to serve as leader (i.e. board director); the right to information; the right to speak your mind.
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