What is fair trade

"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. 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 TradeOrganization

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

The Principles of Fair Trade

Opportunities For Disadvantaged Producers:

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

Transparency & Accountability:

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

Fair Trade Practices:

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

Fair Payment:

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

No Child Labor

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.

No Discrimination

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

Good Working Conditions

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

Capacity Building

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

Promote Fair Trade

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

Respect for the Environment

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