Monday, March 3, 2014

What is fair trade and why does it matter?

First Friday Films presents the new film “Buyer Be Fair” on Friday, March 7th at 6:30pm at American Memorial Park about what labels on the products we buy and sell mean and how we can use them to change the world.

“Buyer Be Fair: The Promise of Product Certification” takes viewer to Mexico, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, the USA and Canada to explore how conscious consumers and businesses can use the market to promote social justice and environmental sustainability through product labeling, with a focus on Fair Trade coffee and Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. This film is an inspirational and balanced insight into why product certifications exist and why we should pay attention to them.

Before the film, Mr. Perry Inos Jr., Director of the CNMI Small Business Development Center within the CNMI Department of Commerce will speak about his experiences with product certifications, his work promoting business development in the CNMI, and some of the ways that product certification exist on our own island. Mr. Inos is a certified Business Advisor, Business Trainer, International Export Advisor, America’s SBDC Certified Counselor as well as a business owner.
First Friday Films is a partnership between American Memorial Park, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality and the Humanities Council with support from other organizations and individuals. This film is sponsored by the Division of Environmental Quality. As always, our film events are free and open to the public. This event will run about 75 minutes.

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