Long-time readers of EclectEcon will remember that I have been skeptical about the effects of "Fair Trade" designations, wondering to what extent, if at all, they help the downtrodden workers of the world. For example, see this, this or this; also, see this at Marginal Revolution. I remain even more skeptical, having seen the results of this study, reporting that workers on "fair-trade" coffee farms do noticeably worse than workers on the larger coffee plantations [via JR].
There is much more. If you think buying "Fair Trade" products helps the downtrodden workers of the world, read this report. And then think again, especially about whether you are helping the workers or helping bureaucrats of well-meaning organizations.