WHAT WE DO
Working for a sustainable and fair global economy – it’s our job!
As a global membership organisation of fair traders, we facilitate membership applications, ensure members follow the 10 Principles of Fair Trade through the Guarantee System, and improve the Fair Trade Standard. We provide spaces for producers, exporters, importers, retailers, and consumers to connect and work together, exchange best practices, forge synergies and speak out for Fair Trade – all working towards a sustainable and fair global economy.
Membership and Guarantee System
Organisations interested in becoming a member of the largest global network of Fair Trade Organisations must demonstrate compliance with the WFTO Fair Trade Standard. Along with the five regional branches in Africa & the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America & the Pacific Rim, the WFTO Global Office in the Netherlands coordinates membership applications.
Credibility is a value we provide to our membership. To ensure the 10 Principles of Fair Trade are followed, members of the WFTO are periodically verified on their Fair Trade compliance through the WFTO Guarantee System.
Setting the Fair Trade Standard for Organisations
WFTO continues to strive for the best Fair Trade practices, nurtures and protects the core Fair Trade values and is the custodian and caretaker of the achievements of the Fair Trade movement. The WFTO membership regularly reviewed and agreed on the 10 Principles of Fair Trade that serve as the basis of the WFTO Fair Trade Standard for Organisations. Through lessons-learned and experiences of members in the Fair Trade supply chain, the WFTO Fair Trade Standard is continuously monitored and improved by the Standard and Guarantee System Committee.
Voice (advocacy and campaigning)
WFTO was originally established to unite fair traders around the world to speak in one voice on Fair Trade and trade justice issues, sustainable economy, empowerment of economically marginalised producers, and the fight against poverty and climate change. We work to serve this mission with our members and partners through World Fair Trade Day celebration, international conferences, campaigns and advocacy work.
Through partnering with other organisations, WFTO works to enable members to access tools and training to improve market access locally, regionally and internationally.
Global Network of Fair Trade
WFTO connects organisations in the supply chain to exchange innovative ideas and best practices. We work together to create synergies to advance Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and climate change.