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The choices we make as consumers have a profound economic, environmental and social impact. Our guest is Paul Rice, president, founder and CEO of Fair Trade USA– an organization committed to changing the way global trade works and the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America.
Paul Rice founded Fair Trade USA in 1998, after spending 11 years organizing farmers in the highlands of Nicaragua. Paul’s rich, first-hand experience over the last 30 years in the areas of sustainable agriculture, grassroots economic development, global supply chain transparency and consumer activation is unique in the certification world. He is now a leading advocate of “impact sourcing” as a core strategy for both poverty alleviation and sustainable business.
Paul has been honored for his pioneering work by Ashoka, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Skoll Foundation. The Texas-native holds an Economics and Political Science degree from Yale University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he is now an Executive Fellow. He’s spoken at the World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, Skoll World Forum, TEDx and numerous universities and conferences around the world.