What is Fair Trade?

What is Fair Trade? 

"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 marginalized workers - especially in the South. Fair trade organizations (backed by consumers) are engaged actively in supporting producers, and raising awareness, and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practices of conventional international trade."  Eric St.Pierre, Fair Trade - A human journey.

The Fair-Trade Federation's Fair Trade Principles

Create Opportunity

Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships

Build Capacity

Promote Fair Trade

Pay Promptly and Fairly

Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions

Ensure the Rights of Children

Cultivate Environmental Stewardship

Respect Cultural Identity