Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for more than 1.65 million farmers and workers in developing countries. This enables producers to have more control over their lives, decide how to invest in their future and to build thriving communities.
Fairtrade works with businesses and governments to increase transparency in supply chains, and connect producers with the businesses and people who buy their products.
The Fairtrade Mark, which is displayed on products, shows that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet internationally agreed Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. Products carrying the Fairtrade Mark are independently certified and audited to ensure compliance.
The Standards include protection of children and workers’ rights, environmental preservation, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price, which is set to the cost of sustainable production, and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in initiatives to support local communities or business development.
These Standards are agreed through a process of research and consultation with key participants in the Fairtrade scheme, including producers themselves, traders, NGOs, academic institutions and Labelling Initiatives such as Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand.
Farmers and workers have a strong voice at every level of Fairtrade, from how they invest in and run their local organisations, to having an equal say in Fairtrade’s global decision-making.