Our Fair Trade Standard
our fair Trade standard
The WFTO Fair Trade Standard specifies criteria for assessing if an enterprise truly implements the 10 Principles of Fair Trade. Demonstrating compliance earns Fair Trade Enterprises the designation "Guaranteed Fair Trade". This Standard is the heart of the WFTO Guarantee System, focusing on the management and operation of Fair Trade Enterprises.
The WFTO Standard comprises of a set of compliance criteria based on the 10 Fair Trade Principles and International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions. Many of these criteria must be met before Guaranteed status is approved, while others must be met within 2 to 4 years after approval for guaranteed membership or require continuous improvement.
A member is expected to apply the WFTO Standard and implement the requirements in a diligent and transparent manner, and constantly refine their Fair Trade practices. The aim of continuous improvement is to encourage the highest level of achievement for WFTO member organisations over time, with measurable advances in the way their organisation operates.
Compliance with this Standard is periodically assessed through four means:
To learn more about the process and the components of the Guarantee System, get the handbook here.