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It is possible to successfully combine business with humanitarian values, Fran Molloy writes.

JACQUELINE Arias sold her first bag of fair trade coffee a year ago; she’s now projecting that her turnover next financial year will be over $3 million.

And while the rapid growth of her Republica Coffee business is striking, it’s the motivation behind Aria’s astounding success that is most inspiring: she insisted that her businessmodel be ethical.

“My ethics are paramount to me. When I discovered fair trade, I realised that it made absolute sense. I knew Australians,who are so egalitarian, would just fall in love with the concept of fair trade.”

Can you make your business model ethical?…