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International Fair Trade Summit 2022

The 16th edition of the WFTO International Fair Trade Summit took place in Berlin (Germany) from the 23rd until the 26th of August, and was co-organised by our supporting local organisation (and WFTO member) Forum Fairer Handel. Together with them, we achieved to make the event the success it proved to be. 

Because of the pandemic and the unavoidable postponement of the event, this 16th edition of the Summit was particularly important for us: not only did we realise how much we missed meeting with the whole community, but also how crucial shaking hands (and sharing beliefs!) in person was to trigger new conversations about our movement and bring it to the next level. Speakers and participants from all over the world joined us to learn how to improve their practices, establish new potential partnerships and talk about how we can better synergise to achieve system change and fair and green societies. Discussions about advocacy representing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) at the United Nations level, how to reduce environmental impact in production but also about climate justice and working with refugees got people’s attention, among so many other issues. And there was also plenty of time to network and establish new alliances. 

Among the special activities that we organised in Berlin, we curated a Fair Fashion Expo, supported by Studio MM04, to highlight how local traditional craft skills easily fit into modern global aesthetics by presenting inspirational multi-brand looks compiled from outstanding Fair Trade producers in the fashion sector. Another activity that got WFTO members and attendees particularly excited was the  Fair Trade Fair: this unique sourcing opportunity gave visitors, including retailers and importers, the chance to personally meet the representatives, voices and hands of 33 Fair Trade Producer Organisations in one place, with a great range of products exhibited from fashion, jewellery and home decor to food & drinks. 

During those days we also went into the streets to make our voices heard even more: together with civil society, students and Young Fair Trade advocates we organised a public action “Change the Chain” to bring the demands of the Fair Trade movement to the streets of Berlin. We walked in front of the representation of the European Commission and moved to the Brandenburg Gate to urge European and German politicians to improve Due Diligence laws and raise awareness about global inequalities and possible solutions.

The Summit counted in total over 400 attendees, a number that included the tickets that WFTO and FFH covered with a crowdfunding campaign, enabling us to support those members who could not afford the ticket to join us in shaping the future of our movement.

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WFTO Membership & Associate Types

  • Fair Trade Organisations (FTO)

    All trading members of WFTO. This includes all organisations that have more than half of their income and/or more than €100,000 in income from trade.

  • Fair Trade Support Organisations (FTSO)

    An organisation whose primary mission is to support Fair Trade and/or provide services to organisations that are or want to become Fair Trade Organisations.

  • Fair Trade Networks (FTN)

    An organisation which is an association of organisations committed to Fair Trade.

  • Individual Associates (IA)

    Individual Associates are supporters of the Fair Trade movement with limited rights. The WFTO Guarantee System does not apply to them.

  • Associate Organisations (AO)

    Associate Organisations align with WFTO’s values but after their application. They do not undergo monitoring and also have limited rights.

WFTO Guarantee System Monitoring Statuses

  • Candidates

    Candidates have been conditionally approved for membership but have not completed their first monitoring cycle under the WFTO Guarantee System. They have limited rights within WFTO. They may not use the WFTO Member Mark and Product Label or claim that they are monitored by WFTO.

  • Guaranteed Members

    Guaranteed members have met the WFTO Membership requirements and are monitored under the WFTO Guarantee System.

  • Member

    Organisations that have no or little income from trade go through a reduced version of the WFTO Guarantee System that does not include criteria related to trade. These organisations may use the WFTO Member Mark but cannot use the Product Label for any products they may be trading to support their mission. This status only applies to Fair Trade Networks (FTN) and Support Organisations (FTSO).

  • Renewal in Progress

    Members who are in the process of renewing their guaranteed status and are overdue on some requirements retain full rights while they work to meet the demands of the Guarantee System on an administrative or compliance level.

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WFTO welcomes applications from established Fair Trade Organisations as well as organisations that support Fair Trade. Individuals in their capacity as researchers, writers, consultants and specialists in their field who can contribute solid skills, knowledge and expertise to WFTO and members are also welcome.

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  • Compliance with the WFTO 10 Principles of Fair Trade. Please have a look at the WFTO Fair Trade Standard for more specific information on compliance with these principles.

  • All applicant organisations must already be duly registered (as a legal entity) and active for at least one year.

Who can apply?

  • Fair Trade Organisations (FTO)

    All companies, partnerships, co-partnerships and other legal bodies – as determined by the legal provisions of the country of the member concerned – that are directly engaged in Fair Trade. They may be producers or northern or southern based trading FTOs for whom Fair Trade is the main activity. To qualify for FTO membership, income from sales (turnover) must account for 50% or more of the total income. Applications for FTO membership cannot be accepted from organisations with no prior sales history.

  • Fair Trade Networks (FTN)

    Legal entities whose primary function is to serve as national or international associations of Fair Trade producers and/or Fair Trade Organisations.

  • Fair Trade Support Organisations (FTSO)

    Fair Trade Organisations where trading is not the main activity (proportion of trade is less than 50% of total income). These organisations are engaged in Fair Trade indirectly, through activities that promote and support Fair Trade. These activities can include business counselling, finance, advocacy or networking.

  • Associate Organisations

    This is a special category for national or international organisations that are interested in supporting and promoting Fair Trade, including donor organisations. Organisations that do not meet the one-year legal existence requirement also fit in this group.

  • Individual Associates

    Individual researchers, writers, consultants and specialists in their field that can support WFTO. WFTO expects its individual associates to be active Fair Trade supporters whose experience and expertise in their own particular field can be of practical benefit to WFTO's members. To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae.

    While FTO, FTN and FTSO are entitled to full WFTO membership, organizational and individual associates have only limited rights.

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The WFTO Product Label is more than just a Fair Trade symbol. It signifies not only that the practices across the supply chain are checked against the WFTO Fair Trade Standard, but it also represents support to the battle against poverty and inequality. Products carrying the WFTO Label are made and traded by Guaranteed Fair Trade Organisations dedicated to the sustainable Fair Trade economy. Every purchase of products with the WFTO Label supports small producers and their communities.

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