DOING BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY TOOLKIT

We are excited to announce the launch of the Doing Business Differently Toolkit as part of our Small But Perfect programme, in partnership with Fashion Revolution.

“Fair trade based on ecological sustainability and social justice has become a survival imperative. Fair trade is based on giving back to the Earth and society.” – Vandana Shiva.

Businesses which are driven by profit-primacy contribute to many of the social and environmental problems that we experience today in the current economic system that is unable to provide viable solutions to the urgent needs of our world. In this respect, Fair Trade (FT) provides a sustainable alternative to the economic system of profit-primacy, and urges everybody, including fashion enterprises, to think critically about their business practices and operations. By shifting focus from profit-maximisation to prioritising the well-being of people and planet as well as critically examining the practices along the supply chain,  fashion enterprises can understand their social and environmental impact, become more transparent and answerable to their customers, and strengthen their commercial resiliency.

The Doing Business Differently Toolkit is designed to provide a sustainable alternative to the economic system of profit-primacy, and urges everybody, including fashion enterprises, to think critically about their business practices and operations. You can read and download the toolkit at this link

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WHO CAN APPLY

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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OUR PRODUCT LABEL

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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