Fair trade is an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. It advocates the payment of a higher price to exporters as well as higher social and environmental standards. Its purpose is to create opportunities for producers and workers who have been economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system.
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. They can be recognised by the WFTO logo.
By buying products that carry the FAIRTRADE Mark, shoppers can be assured that disadvantaged producers and workers in developing countries are getting a better deal: receiving a fair and stable price for their products which covers their costs of production; benefiting from longer-term trading relationships; receiving the Fairtrade premium for investment in social and economic development projects; and receiving pre-financing where requested. In its 13 years of existence in the UK, Fairtrade has proved to be an extremely successful model of how people-centred trade can effectively reduce poverty and improve livelihoods.
Fair Trade is more than just trading: it proves that greater justice in world trade is possible. It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.
Our Fair Trade suppliers:
- Gringo Imports