Welcome to Week 1 of our new discussion series all about Fairtrade. This week we will be talking about the Fairtrade Foundation and what exactly they do.
What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work.
Fairtrade in the UK
The UK based Fairtrade Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards.
The Foundation is the UK member of Fairtrade International, which unites over 20 labelling initiatives across Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico and Australia/New Zealand as well as networks of producer organisations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Their four key areas of activity include:
- Providing independent certification of the trade chain for products, and licensing use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products as a consumer guarantee.
- Help in growing demand for Fairtrade products and empowering producers to sell to traders and retailers.
- Working with our partners to support producer organisations and their networks.
- Raising awareness of the need for Fairtrade in the public and the significant role of the FAIRTRADE Mark in making trade fair.
They have hundreds of Fairtrade towns, faith groups, schools and universities and committed supporters are vital in helping them realise their vision of fair trade.
The Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, Global Justice Now, and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. Member organisations now also include Banana Link, All We Can, National Campaigner Committee, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, People & Planet, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, Shared Interest Foundation, Soroptimist International , Tearfund and Commitment to Life / United Reformed Church.
Fairtrade is a movement for change that works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade deliver for farmers and workers. They are a global organisation working to secure a better deal for farmers and workers.
The international Fairtrade system includes three producer networks, 25 Fairtrade organisations, Fairtrade International, and FLOCERT, the independent certification body of the global Fairtrade system. Each plays a unique role in achieving Fairtrade’s vision and delivering impact for farmers and workers.
Fairtrade International coordinates Fairtrade’s work across the world. Based in Bonn, Germany, it sets international Fairtrade standards, organises support for producers around the world, develops global Fairtrade strategy, and promotes trade justice internationally.