Fair Trade organizations most commonly refer to a definition jointly developed by four international fair trade networks (Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, World Fair Trade Organization, Network of European Worldshops and 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, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South."
Fair Trade organizations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional trade. They can be recognised by the WFTO Mark.
Fair Trade proves that greater justice in world trade is possible. It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.
How do we work in Fair Trade?
Fair Trade... ensures a fair price is paid to artisans
Fair Trade... supports disadvantaged producers
Fair Trade... has a concern for people & the environment
Fair Trade... provides new market access to producer groups
Fair Trade... is transparent with producers and customers
Fair Trade... strengthens artisans' capacity to market their products
Fair Trade Strategy
Create Opportunity: Deliberately to work with marginalized producers and workers in order to help them move from a position of vulnerability to security and economic self-sufficiency
Enable Empowerment: Empower producers and workers as stakeholders in their own organisations
Promote Influence: Actively to play a wider role in the global arena to achieve greater equity in international trade.
International and Regional Fair Trade Organisations:
WFTO - World Fair Trade Organization (Formerly known as IFAT)
In 2009: over 350 members organisations in 70 countries across 5 regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North American & Pacific Rim (incl. Japan, NZ & Aust.)
WFTO-Asia (formerly known as AFTF-Asia Fair Trade Forum) In 2009: over 50 organisations in all Asia
Purpose of WFTO and WFTO-Asia:
ThaiCraft is a member of both organizations.
To improve the livelihoods and well-being of disadvantaged producers by linking and promoting Fair Trading Organisations,
and speaking out for greater justice in world trade.