Fair Trade according to the WFTO
Fairly traded goods from producers complying WFTO’s principles of Fair Trade are often products that have a more complicated manufacturing process than Fairtrade-certified goods, such as handicrafts, accessories and interior items. These products are sold mostly in stores world and has so far been no indication, such as Fairtrade. The focus is on creating opportunities for marginalized small producers.
WFTO – The World Fair Trade Organization
WFTO Mark are not used to certify a product, but may be used by companies and organizations that are members of WFTO (formerly IFAT), which is committed to the principles of Fair Trade. Members must report their compliance with the principles and WFTO then make samples where enforcement.
WFTO’s 10 principles of Fair Trade
to be followed, to the best ability of all actors involved in fair trade:
- Create opportunities for marginalized producers by supporting the poorest producer groups.
- Openness in its structure and in all activities and a stimulating dialogue between all actors in the Fair Trade in terms of products and marketing.
- Capacity building – support for product development, export and market access for producers.
- Disseminate information, educate and implement campaigns to educate and inform about Fairtrade.
- Payment of a fair price to producers.
- Gender equality, non-discrimination and the right to collective organization.
- Good working conditions – to ensure that producers are working in a healthy and safe environment.
- No child exploitation at work – ensure that the UNCRC compliance.
- Environment – actively work to make operations and production more environmentally friendly.
- Long-term trade relations based on solidarity, trust and mutual respect and contribute to the support and growth of Fair Trade.
Fair Trade is a partnership between producers, importers, stores and consumers. The collaboration aims to improve the situation for producers, increasing their access to markets and to promote sustainable development. Fair trade should provide producers, especially disadvantaged small-scale producers, the opportunity to improve their standard of living. Those who work with fair trade aims to promote social equality, environmental protection and economic security through long-term trade relations. These objectives are achieved partly through trade cooperation with producer groups in the South, and through increased awareness of fair trade through public education and campaigning.