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Global Exchange

Rating: 4 stars   5 reviews 1,737


2017 Mission St, 2nd Floor San Francisco CA 94110 USA


Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting political, social and environmental justice globally. Since our founding in 1988, we have been working to increase global awareness among the U.S. public while building partnerships around the world. Our goals are: (1) to educate the U.S. public about critical global issues; (2) to promote respect for the rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; (3) to encourage both the U.S. government and private institutions to support policies that promote democratic and sustainable development; and (4) to link people in our own country and people in the global South who are working for political, social and environmental justice.


Global Exchange carries out its mission through several main program areas: (1) campaigns on the pressing political and economic human rights issues of our day; (2) a fair trade program, which guarantees a fair price to workers and encourages sustainable development and environmental protection; (3) educational tours to countries in which the people of the United States might have a particular interest; and (4) a public education program that includes a Speakers Bureau and a publishing arm.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I think the exchange of good ideas and committed work between the Global South and North is essential for building a more just, sustainable and equitable world. I would love to take part in one of their Reality Tours - as soon as I have some free time!

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I went on one of their Reality Tours, and realized what a ripoff this organization is. They don't care about the real issues, only promoting their one-sided, misconceived view. I believe fully in human rights, labor rights, gender rights, etc., but this organization does not live up to their hype. Disappointed.

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change the staff and program officers, or whoever controls the reality tours, simply awful, hypocritical and inefficient.

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to be cautious of nonprofits.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a busy mother I appreciate and respect the work that Global Exchange does to improve all of our lives. I am deeply grateful to their commitment in promoting renewable energy, human rights, and sustainable development. I hope that in the future my children will not have to fight for these basic human and environmental rights but that it will be a common reality. Without Global Exchange and similar organizations this reality may never come to fruition. I look forward to their newsletters to better educate myself on current events and positive change they are making in the world. Thank you to all of the men and women who work at Global Exchange and have a vision for a better and more just world.

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When I taught school, I used their information on the Fair Trade Chocolate campaign to inspire my students to make better consumer choices.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at Global Exchange for 3 months, and it was a very valuable and rewarding experience. I became familiar with the inner-workings of non-profit organizations and learned how fund-raising and donor relationships play vital roles in the success of a non-profit organization . The working atmosphere was great, filled with friendly people and a light environment. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Global Exchange, and would highly recommend them as a great organization to get involved with.

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Global Exchange is a unique non-profit organization that holds a diverse array of excellent programs and opportunities working for human rights. I have personally seen successful results in their reality tours and green festivals.

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I would broaden their marketing strategies to reach more people about the great work they are achieving.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Global Exchange is the organization I count on to be on the frontlines of the struggle for justice and human rights. Their tenacious campaigns - whether it is promoting Fair Trade or taking on Big Oil - are informative and inspiring. I am honored to be a monthly supporter of this organization.

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There are few organizations that take on the really hard issues like corporate personhood and power, war crimes and profiteers, finding alternatives to our disastrous greed based economy. Global Exchange educates and mobilizes thousands to take action on these important issues.

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I recommend they update their website.

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I was so inspired when I attended the Human Rights Awards and learned more about their work for Fair Trade and a Green Economy.

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I knew I wanted to support this important work.

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