Thanks for clicking on the Fair Trade page! In this page you can learn more about Fair Trade and the Fair Trade movement´s work in the context of the European Year for Development.
This page is a joint initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization, Fairtrade International and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office. These organisations bring together 2.5 million producers and workers from 70 countries, 24 labelling initiatives, 500 specialised importers, 4,000 world shops and more than 100.000 volunteers.
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 – especially in the South. Fair Trade Organizations, 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."
(Definition of Fair Trade, Charter of Fair Trade Principles)
What is the Charter of Fair Trade Principles?
In 2009, the Charter of Fair Trade Principles was adopted by the World Fair Trade Organisation and Fairtrade International. It provides a single international reference point for Fair Trade and gives a concise explanation of Fair Trade principles and the two main routes by which these are implemented. The Charter is also intended to set the foundation for future dialogue and co-operation among Fair Trade Organisations – and between those organisations and other actors – in order that Fair Trade fully develops its potential to secure greater equity in international trade.
Here you can find the Charter of Fair Trade Principles in various languages.