Center for Fair & Alternative Trade

Colorado State University


CFAT directors, associates, and research assistants regularly do consultancies for the public and private sector, collaborate in new fair and alternative trade initiatives, and provide technical assistance. View a list of our recent projects...


The CFAT team is providing technical support for a soon-to-be launched independent, community-based initiative – the Conscious Consumer Trust – a think tank dedicated to the promotion of social equity both locally and globally...


Recent presentations:

  • Raynolds, Laura. “State of the Art in Research on Global Production.” Invited plenary presentation, Conference on Global Production, National University of Singapore, Dec 6-8.
  • Raynolds, Laura. “Bolstering Labor Rights in Global Production Networks: The Case of Fairtrade International Certification.” Paper presented at the Conference on Global Production, National University of Singapore, Dec 6-8. 2017.
  • Raynolds, Laura. “Fair Trade Institute Collaboration and Research on Fairtrade Certification: Labor Standards.” Invited seminar Enterprise Institute, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Aug 24. 2017.
  • Raynolds, Laura. “Can Certification Improve Global Labor Standards and Worker Rights?” Paper presented at Development Sociology Annual Conference, Ithaca NY, Oct. 6-8. 2016.
  • Raynolds, Laura. “Fair Trade, Flower Workers, and Women's Empowerment.” Paper presented at the Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, Aug. 7-10. 2016.
  • Raynolds, Laura. “Fair Trade Research and Practice: Past, Present, and Future.” Invited Keynote Speaker, Fair Trade International Symposium, Milan, Italy. May 29, 2015.

Archive of presentations...


Recent Media:

◊ Raynolds, Laura. “Fair Trade Expert Interview on Certified Flowers.” February 2011.

◊ Raynolds, Laura. "Fair Trade Movement, Markets, and Research." Digital Development Debates. December 2010.

◊ Rogers, Heather. “Sweet and Lowdown: Would you like some deforestation with your organic sugar? Sure, say Big Organic and the feds.” Mother Jones, May/June 2010.

◊ Sorensen, Kimberly. “Researchers study women and fair trade in Ecuador and South Africa.” Today at Colorado State. February 10, 2010.

Archive of CFAT in the Press...