Full Circle Exchange is a non-profit social enterprise brand dedicated to empowering women and whole communities to rise above poverty through design partnerships, innovative products and sustainable economic opportunities.
Rather than creating dependency on aid, Full Circle Exchange takes a market-based approach to alleviate poverty by advancing entrepreneurial solutions rooted in the dignity and creative capacity of the individual. By focusing on poverty reduction through design training, job creation, improved incomes, education and access to global markets, we believe that, when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
As Americans become increasingly concerned about the state of the world and look for opportunities to use their power in the marketplace to make a positive difference, Full Circle Exchange seeks to provide an avenue for consumers to vote with their dollar. By purchasing Full Circle Exchange products you become part of the ongoing story to empower women to live up to their fullest potential. Together, we can be a force for change!
OUR COMMITMENT TO FAIR TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
As part of our mission to empower women to rise out of poverty through sustainable economic opportunities, Full Circle Exchange ensures that all suppliers and partners meet high standards in safe work environments and fair treatment. Full Circle Exchange is a proud member of Fair Trade USA and RainForest Alliance. In addition, we are committed to Integrity of Audits. Our artisan partners and our local workshop go through audits performed by accredited third-party audit firms to ensure the highest ethical GOLD standards and best practices. In addition, our Idaho Roasting and Chocolate facility is Certified Organic by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. We believe in accountability, fairness, transparency, environmental responsibility and long-term relationships.
OUR COMMITMENT TO PARTNERSHIP
At Full Circle Exchange we have always believed in partnerships and collaboration from the first day we opened our doors. Full Circle Exchange has fostered an array of strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations and has solidified formal partnerships with Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), US State Department, USAid, International Trade Centre (UN), Humanity United (E-Bay Foundation) WeConnect International and other partners. The program is part of an unprecedented collaboration between consumers, designers, NGOs, government agencies, filmmakers, private and public foundations and the incredible women on the ground who inspire us everyday.
FULL CIRCLE EXCHANGE AND WALMART’S EMPOWERING WOMEN TOGETHER PROGRAM
In 2011 Full Circle Exchange was honored to be invited by Walmart to participate in collaborating in their planning process to positively impact and benefit women in marginalized situations both locally and globally. Full Circle Exchange was chosen based on our mission to empower women and commitment to fair trade and ethical practices to work with Walmart on an exciting program. As part of Walmart’s commitment to empower women worldwide, in partnership with Full Circle Exchange, they launched Empowering Women Together, a Store For Good, and a dedicated space on Walmart.com that connects products from women-owned businesses around the world with U.S. consumers.
In 2013 Full Circle Exchange was invited by top executives to launch its innovative social brand nationally in over 2700 Walmart stores for Mother’s Day 2014. Over the last six months Full Circle Exchange has had the honor and privilege to employee over 1200 women from across the globe in six countries including the U.S. The product will be available April 22nd through may 11th.