SERRV International

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SERRV International
TypeNon-profit organization
Founded1949; 73 years ago (1949)
HeadquartersNew Windsor, Maryland, United States
Key people
Loreen Epp, President/CEO
ProductsHandicrafts, coffee, chocolate
RevenueIncrease$9.35 million USD (2020)
Websiteserrv.org

SERRV International is an American 501(c)(3) nonprofit alternative trading organization, operating in the United States, Africa, Asia and Latin America. It began operations in Europe in 1949,[1] and now operates in 24 countries around the world.[2] In 2005 it had annual sales of over $8.5 million.[3]

It is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and follows its fair-trade principles of transparency and prompt payment; development of opportunity, capacity and safety in the workplace; and respect for cultural identity, the environment and the rights of children.[4]

History[edit]

Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation and Vocation was established in 1949 to help refugees in Europe recover economically and socially in the aftermath of World War II.[1] The acronym SERRV was later changed to stand for "Sustainable Employment, Resources, Rights and Vision".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b History of Fair Trade in North America. Fair Trade Federation. Accessed January 2022.
  2. ^ Our Story. SERRV International. Accessed January 2022.
  3. ^ SERRV International (2005). Annual Report 2005. SERRV International. Archived 30 September 2006.
  4. ^ History of Fair Trade in North America. Fair Trade Federation. Accessed January 2022.
  5. ^ Fair Trade. SERRV International. Accessed January 2022.