Fair Trade Principles

When you support Fair Trade, you have the confidence of knowing that these principles are at the foundation of every product made.

WFTO prescribes 10 Principles that Fair Trade Organizations must follow in their day-to-day work and carries out monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld:

Create opportunities for marginalized and economically disadvantaged producers so they may move from poverty and income insecurity to economic self-sufficiency.

Ensure that the organization is transparent in its management and commercial relations. Involve employees, members and producers in decision making processes.

The organization trades with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalized small producers and does not maximize profit at their expense.

Fair payment will be mutually negotiated and agreed upon as it pertains to fair prices, a fair local living wage and equal pay for equal work by men and women.

Ensures no child labor and no forced labor as the organization adheres to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and national/local law on the employment of children.

Commitment to non-discrimination, gender equity, women’s economic empowerment, and freedom of association.

The organization provides a safe and healthy working environment for employees and complies at minimum with national and local laws to ensure good working conditions.

The organization seeks to increase positive developmental impacts by working directly with small producers to develop skills in production, and management.

The organization seeks to raise awareness of the fair trade impact and advocates for its objectives.


Organizations which produce Fair Trade products maximize the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources in their ranges, buying locally when possible.

"Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade organizations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade." —World Fair Trade Organization

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