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Small-scale farmers and agricultural workers are among the most marginalized by the global trade system. At Fairtrade, they are at the heart of everything we do. As a certification system that is 50% governed by producers, we are building a model of trade that ensures better prices, decent working conditions, no child labour, sound environmental practices, and strong business relationships.
What is Fairtrade?
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What Fairtrade Does
What makes Fairtrade different?
Fairtrade advocates for thriving farmer and worker communities that have more control over their futures. We stand in solidarity with producer organizations, without compromise, to our standards, prices, or vision to make trade work for everyone along the supply chain. Here is what sets us apart from other certifications.
Producers have a strong voice in Fairtrade
Our global system is unique in that farmers and workers are equal partners with the certifying bodies in the Global North. Producers have 50 percent of the vote at our General Assembly, and they are always consulted during the process for establishing new standards, prices, and policies. The three regional Fairtrade producer networks play a prominent role on the Board of Directors at Fairtrade International, ensuring even greater representation.
Fairtrade Minimum Price
For most Fairtrade commodities, there is a Fairtrade Minimum Price which is set by product and region to cover the cost of sustainable production. This acts as a vital safety net for farmers and workers and protects them from drops in the market prices of the products they grow for a living. This protection ensures they can have an assured and stable income and plan for their future.
The best-in-class Fairtrade Standards are designed to support the sustainable development of small producer organizations and agricultural workers in the Global South. They incorporate a holistic blend of social, economic, and environmental criteria. The Standards contain both core requirements for certification, and development requirements that encourage producers to continuously improve, and to invest in the development of their organizations and their workers. The entire Fairtrade supply chain is independently audited to ensure compliance with the Standards.