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We are a Fairtrade Church

Who we are

The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. 

The Fairtrade Foundation is a registered charity (no. 1043886). It is also a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (no. 2733136).

Our vision

Our vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.

To achieve this vision, Fairtrade seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged. By facilitating trading partnerships based on equity and transparency, Fairtrade contributes to sustainable development for marginalised producers, workers and their communities. Through demonstration of alternatives to conventional trade and other forms of advocacy, the Fairtrade movement empowers citizens to campaign for an international trade system based on justice and fairness.

Our mission

The Foundation’s mission is to work with businesses, community groups and individuals to improve the trading position of producer organisations in the South and to deliver sustainable livelihoods for farmers, workers and their communities by –

being a passionate and ambitious development organisation committed to tackling poverty and injustice through trade
using certification and product labelling, through the FAIRTRADE Mark, as a tool for our development goals
bringing together producers and consumers in a citizens’ movement for change
being recognised as the UK’s leading authority on Fairtrade

What we do

Our four key areas of activity are:

Providing an independent certification of the trade chain, licensing use of the FAIRTRADE Mark as a consumer guarantee on products
Facilitating the market to grow demand for Fairtrade and enable producers to sell to traders and retailers
Working with our partners to support producer organisations and their networks
Raising public awareness of the need for Fairtrade and the importance of the FAIRTRADE Mark

The Foundation works to the definition of Fair Trade agreed by FINE, a working group of the four international Fair Trade networks (Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International, International Fair Trade Association, Network of European World Shops and the European Fair Trade Association): 

Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalised producers and workers – especially in the South.

Read Unlocking the Power of the Many download the PDF / read here the interactive version the Fairtrade Foundation’s Strategy for 2013 to 2015, which sets out our ambition to deliver greater impact for producers, and engage even more of the UK public in shopping and campaigning for a better deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.

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