The frustration resulting in the crawling pace of Manila traffic was immediately rub out by spending a day catching up with the Philippine WFTO members! This most recent workshop on Wednesday, July 29 brought all of the Fair Trade members of the Philippines together, hosted by CCAP. Amidst laughs and nibbles on Fair Trade dried mango slices the WFTO-Asia office drove the conversation towards the Guarantee System (GS).

As many of the members are at the same stage in the GS we focused the discussion on the Peer Visit, Audit and Guaranteed Product Label usage. The room was intrigued to have SAFFY share their hand crafted Internal Monitoring System (IMS) document and even offered to distribute the file as IMS inspiration for those in the room. The meeting was an opportune time to share tools and best practices. We are now looking to have the next workshop focus on the members living wage calculations. Wrapping up the meeting, the ending questions included how can we increase domestic Fair Trade consumption and who is going to be the first Guaranteed organisation in the Philippines?
The following day, the meeting room was filled once again, but this time with potential member organisations. Those attending had a wide range of backgrounds and products such as traditional yet modern woven dresses, to black rice and offering vocational training programmes. Going over the applicant qualifications (Having a mission encompassing Fair Trade and two years of legal existence), showed that many are capable in taking the next step forward to becoming an applicant.

The one trip out of Manila was to the lush town of Olongapo. Hosted by ProFairTrade a tour of their programmes ensued as did awe. Unfortunately the trip was two months too late, as we missed the processing of their infamous mangoes! For a variety of reasons, another visit will need to be planned!

by Elise Hawley

Share This Post


Sign up to our Newsletter

Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific sourcing requests or queries.

Select Topic:

Contact us

Sourcing requests or queries

Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific sourcing requests or queries.
Become an Impact Ally

Collaboration is key to successful transformation, meaningful impact, and our movement

Play Video


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.

Add Your Heading Text Initial requirements for organisations:

  • 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.

Contact us


Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific enquiries
Play Video


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.

Screenshot 2023 08 01 at 2.40.01 PM