The STAC New Hope Movement
Presented by: Nicholas Fiore, Gary Peters, Desiree Bermudez, Erica Smith, Emily Hayden and Hiwot Tadesse
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Deirdre-Noel Engels, Associate Professor of Marketing, and Dr. Rossen Trendafilov, Assistant Professor of Finance
St. Thomas Aquinas College is a Business Development University Partner for Spes Nova. STAC students sell fair-trade goods through their STAC New Hope Movement website, organized by Dr. Deidre Noel-Engels and Rossen Trendafilov. Our team is comprised of Gary Peters, Desiree Bermudez, Nicholas Fiore, Emily Hayden, Erica Smith and Hiywot Tadesse. STAC New Hope Movement envisions a better trading method consisting of the following goals: 1. To give artisans from economically disadvantaged areas a foothold to global audiences 2. To give STAC students a collaborative academic experience by building a startup business which implements fair trade.
Fair Trade is more than just ensuring that producers are paid a fair enough salary to satisfy the basic needs of everyday life. Many Fair Trade items are organic which can lead to reduced; pollution, soil erosion, conserve water and use less energy. Workers can also be guaranteed their safety from harmful banned chemicals through this type of trade.
Fair Trade USA®, the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America, reports significant growth in its produce category, evidenced by a 30 percent increase in produce sales volume in 2018. As a result of Fair Trade Certified sales in 2018, produce farmers and workers earned nearly 8 million in Community Development Funds, providing significant funding to farmers, workers, and their communities in 12 countries. STAC New Hope Movement currently has the following fair trade products located on campus: Bark Thins, Starbucks Decaf Coffee, Twinings Organic Tea and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Follow us on twitter to hear more about this project.