The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) has over 400 member organisations from more than 70 countries spread across five continents. We represent hundreds of thousands of small producers, providing them with credibility and identity by way of an international guarantee system.
We are the home of Fair Traders: producers, marketers, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers that demonstrate 100% commitment to Fair Trade and apply the 10 WFTO Principles of Fair Trade to their supply chain. We operate in over 70 countries across 5 regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Pacific Rim). The incredible work and achievements of our members around the world, make us a global authority on Fair Trade and a guardian of Fair Trade values and principles.
Our route to equity in trade is through the integrated supply chain. Practices used across the supply chain are checked against the WFTO Fair Trade Standard, a set of compliance criteria based on the 10 Fair Trade Principles and on International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions.
We aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers, especially in the South. We strive to change unfair structures of international trade, mainly by means of Fair Trade, to improve and coordinate the co-operation of our member organisations and to promote the interests of and provide services to our member organisations and individuals. Our work shows that Fair Trade is a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and global economic crises.
WFTO has a vision of a world in which trade structures and practices have been transformed to work in favour of the poor and promote sustainable development and justice.
WFTO’s mission is to enable producers to improve their livelihoods and communities through Fair Trade. WFTO is the global network and advocate for Fair Trade, ensuring producer voices are heard. The interest of producers, especially small farmers and artisans, is the main focus in all the policies, governance, structures and decision making within the WFTO.
As a global network, WFTO is supported by five regional branches through their respective offices. The office in Culemborg, the Netherlands, coordinates the activities of WFTO worldwide. WFTO also works closely with several country networks that support Fair Trade.
WFTO follows the simple structure of an Association. Members gather during the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is the highest governing body that elects the President and all Directors. The President and the elected Directors, including five directors nominated by each of the WFTO regions, comprise the five-to-eleven-members Board of Directors of the WFTO. After the elections in the 2011 AGM, the WFTO Board is currently composed of nine people.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the management of all WFTO activities. They serve for limited terms of office of four years (renewable), as specified in the WFTO Constitution. The Board appoints staff to implement the strategic plans as approved by the AGM. The WFTO staff is led by a Chief Executive.
Committees, working groups and WFTO representatives are appointed by the board of directors to assist staff and other operations of WFTO.
The Regional Branches
WFTO presence spans across the five major continents. WFTO operates through five regional branches located in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific (including North America and Oceania).
Members of each respective region gather during their own (regional) Annual General Meeting (AGM). They elect their own regional Board of Directors (according to their respective Constitution), which coordinate closely with the global Board and also hire regional staff. Regional operations are closely coordinated with the global office and other regions.
The Constitution of World Fair Trade Organization