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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on CNN.com

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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    CNN.com posted the article, "The Do-Gooder Holiday Gift Guide," on Wednesday, December 17. The article said, "With all the buying and selling going on, it can be hard to remember the point of the season for many people: Spending time with family, celebrating the religious holidays that inspire the season, and doing some good in the world.

    Thankfully, there are ways to combine your need to get Aunt Martha that perfect gift with making the world a better place. You can donate to these causes in your loved one's name. If you need a "thing" under the tree, many charities have T-shirts and water bottles for sale to raise money."

    The article went on to suggest a number of charities and organizations last-minute shoppers can support. In addition to featuring the Twin Girl Doll, the article said, "Buy international. There are more companies and nonprofits than ever that want to sell you crafts, clothing and chocolate made by people all over the world, and much of the money goes back to the people who made the goods. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans in 38 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East to sell their goods in North America. The nonprofit has several locations around the United States and Canada and an active online presence."


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on NPR.org

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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    On Tuesday, December 2, NPR.org posted the story, "For Giving Tuesday: A Guide to Gifts that Give Back." The article included a number of organizations and companies that offer quality gifts that "give back." Ten Thousand Villages' Enormous Love Elephants Paperweight was featured.

    The article said, "This elephant duo comes from Kisac Fair Trade Limited, a Kenyan group that says it gives half its profits to the artisans it employs. Another 5 percent of profits goes toward community projects that support orphanages, education and clean drinking water. The elephants are sold by Ten Thousand Villages, a retailer that has stocked handmade gifts from artisans around the world since 1946."


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on Time.com

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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    A December 4 article on Time.com, "The 5 Best Boutique Shopping Sites for Finding Holiday Gifts," included Ten Thousand Villages.  Ten Thousand Villages was #3 with the headline "Support Global Artisans." The article said, "TenThousandVillages.com sells handcrafted items from artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. It’s a project of the World Fair Trade Organization, which works to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries, encouraging artisans to craft responsibly with recycled materials or environmentally friendly processes.

    Ten Thousand Villages sells items like handmade scarves from Bolivia, gazelle masks from Burkina Faso and shea butter from Ghana. Shop for gifts by interest, such as gifts for foodies, earth lovers or art lovers."

    Read the article here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on Bloomberg Businessweek.com

    Posted on November 4, 2014

    Ten Thousand Villages Marketing Manager Michele Loeper was quoted in the November 3, 2014 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek.com.

    From the article: "Michele Loeper, marketing manager at fair-trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages, likes doing one-day deep discount sales. 'Also consider come-back offers. They can be especially enticing during those last-minute panic days leading up to the holiday,' she says. In the store, she makes sure to display some prewrapped grab-and-go items in categories like 'foodie gifts' or 'hostess gifts' that time-pressed shoppers can pick up on the way to a party."

    To read the full article.

    For more information about Ten Thousand Villages, contact Michele Loeper at 717-859-8149.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Named World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for 7th Consecutive Year

    Posted on March 20, 2014

    AKRON, Pa. – Ten Thousand Villages, the world’s oldest and largest fair trade retailer, announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company® for the seventh consecutive year.

    The award recognizes companies and organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. World’s Most Ethical Company honorees demonstrate real and sustained ethical leadership within their industries. Ten Thousand Villages is one of only three companies in the general retail category honored this year.

    “To be named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company® is truly an honor,” said Pam Raffensberger, Ten Thousand Villages Chief Executive Officer. “For more than 65 years, we have been working to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income and bring meaning and dignity to their lives through fair trade. Our commitment to long standing relationships provides these women and men with vital income to send their children to school, to put food on their table and to care for their families. A natural part of our work is a commitment to fairness and transparency with our stakeholders, as well as a commitment to environmental responsibility. We are thrilled that Ethisphere has recognized Ten Thousand Villages as a leader in the specialty retail category.”

    The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. The Ethics Quotient framework and methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel.

    Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25%), reputation, leadership and innovation (20%), governance (10%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%) and culture of ethics (20%).

    The full list of the 2014 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/.

    About Ten Thousand Villages
    Ten Thousand Villages, a leader in the fair trade industry, markets artisan-crafted home decor and gifts through a network of stores in more than 75 locations and online at tenthousandvillages.com. Ten Thousand Villages currently partners with more than 110 artisan groups in 37 developing countries. For more than 65 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. All artisans are fairly paid for their products.

    About the Ethisphere Institute
    The Ethisphere® Institute is an independent center of research, best practices and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance and enables organizations to improve compliance, mitigate risk, and enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the broad regulatory community. Ethisphere evaluates and benchmarks compliance and governance programs, honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program and publishes Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: www.ethisphere.com.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Appoints First Woman CEO

    Posted on December 30, 2013

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    Ten Thousand Villages’ board of directors recently announced their unanimous decision to appoint Pam Raffensberger as chief executive officer (CEO) to lead its network of more than 80 fair trade retail stores in the US, effective immediately.

    Raffensberger was appointed interim CEO in March, 2013. She joined Ten Thousand Villages in late 2006 as controller and was promoted to chief financial officer two years later. Ten Thousand Villages Chairman, Alex Hartzler, endorsed Raffensberger by saying, “Pam has demonstrated exemplary and effective leadership skills as interim CEO. The Board and I are unified in our confidence in Pam’s leadership and delighted and excited that she has taken on this challenge on behalf of our artisans, stores and entire organization.” He added that the board was looking for a visionary leader who possesses excellent decision-making qualities, as well as an ability to motivate and inspire people. “Pam’s strong financial background, together with her ability to engage and connect with people on a sincere and personable level, makes her an ideal person to lead Villages well into the future.”

    With a commitment to support artisans in developing countries around the globe by providing a path to sustainable income through fair trade, Raffensberger is tasked with continuing a 65 year tradition and Ten Thousand Villages’ legacy as the founder of the Fair Trade movement. “It is an honor to be given the opportunity to lead this extraordinary organization,” said Raffensberger. "With an eye on the future, I will focus on decisions that will lead this organization on a path towards growth….not just for Ten Thousand Villages, but for the women and men around the world whose livelihood depends on the success of our organization." Raffensberger added, “Our mission will be the anchor grounding every decision I make as CEO, and I look forward to working with our talented team of employees to create even more opportunities to bring our artisan’s beautiful handcrafted products and stories to the homes and hearts of American consumers.”

    Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 110 artisan groups in 37 countries, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income for more than 65 years. All artisans are fairly paid for their products. For more information visit www.tenthousandvillages.com.

     


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