World fair trade leader Ten Thousand Villages has been recognized as one of the "World’s Most Ethical Companies" by The Ethisphere Institute and Forbes Magazine. Recipients of the internationally acclaimed award were revealed during an awards ceremony sponsored by The Ethisphere Institute and Forbes Magazine in New York City. Read the entire story
As one of the oldest and largest nonprofit fair trade retailers, and one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, we strive to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America. As a nonprofit, we achieve this mission by building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. Our commitment to support artisans around the globe is strengthened through fair trade compensation practices including cash advances and prompt payments. More than 60 years later, and as the company continues to grow, Ten Thousand Villages has become increasingly conscious of the need to marry the concept of fair trade with healthy and environmentally sustainable business practices. Today, Ten Thousand Villages continues to carry out a conscious approach toward minimizing an environmental impact. From store operations to product selection to marketing practices, Ten Thousand Villages strives to meet the "triple bottom line" of economic, environmental and social sustainability. For more information on an extraordinarily rewarding shopping experience, or to find the store location nearest you, visit www.tenthousandvillages.com.