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Sourcing Fair Trade Products From Our Verified WFTO Members

A Guaranteed WFTO member adheres to the highest ethical and environmental requirements. WFTO members are fully verified as Fair Trade Enterprises. They have been independently audited and proved their Fair Trade practices extend all along their supply chain as well as in their buying and management processes. This ensures that the Fair Trade products sourced are sustainably, ethically and consciously produced in compliance with our 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

Benefits of sourcing from our verified WFTO members

First Buyer Label

The First Buyer Label is used by businesses that buy products from a verified WFTO member and want to re-brand these products without being fully verified under the Guarantee System. Upon a positive assessment by WFTO and payment of the licensing fee*, a First Buyer Label will be issued to be used on end products.
*A licensing fee of 1% of the purchase order amount (with a minimum of €100) is required.

Benefits of the First Buyer Label

  • Adds value to your products
  • Indicates your support of Fair Trade enterprises and our 10 Fair Trade Principles
  • Represents transparency and accountability in the sourcing of products
  • Provides visibility to conscientious customers

More information on the First Buyer Label can be found here

The future is local

Now more than ever, end-customers are choosing to support local enterprises over big-box retail stores. As a buyer, you will assist to fuel the growth of Fair Trade Enterprises on a human scale.

Support worldwide system change

Our mission as a global membership organisation is to enable our members to increase their ethical markets. As a buyer, you will support this mission by placing orders for products that are socially and environmentally produced by our members, which are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

High-quality, curated products

Our members produce high-quality products that respect both their workers and the environment. As a buyer, you will assist our movement to promote purpose-driven entrepreneurs and SMEs.

Verified Fair Trade Enterprises

The commitment of our Guaranteed members to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade, which are the embodiment of our mission, is ensured by the Guarantee System. Through its trustworthy and credible verification mechanism, WFTO regularly monitors organisations to confirm that their practices are in line with the principles and to help their operations improve and develop according to the highest ethical and sustainable standards.

Our Market access partners

Some of our WFTO members are also featured on our online platforms where sourcing of Fair Trade products is made possible.

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17th international


17-20 SEPT 2024 – CAPE TOWN 

We are thrilled to invite you to our upcoming International Fair Trade Summit, set to take place in the vibrant city of Cape Town, from the 17th to the 20th of September 2024.

The International Fair Trade Summit aims to bring together leaders, practitioners, and advocates from all corners of the globe to collaborate and promote Fair Trade practices. This edition promises to be a unique opportunity for participants to engage in enlightening discussions, exchange ideas, and forge partnerships that will shape the future of Fair Trade.

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.

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.

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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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