Fair Trade - What is the definition of Fairtrade?

wfto logo According to the World Fair Trade Organisation this definition is as follows:

"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 organisations 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 international trade." 

The actual implementation of fair trade agreements is rather more involved, but extremely rewarding for all involved in more ways than financially. We should give immense credit to all manufacturers, suppliers workers and Artisans who wholeheartedly work within the full terms of a fair trade agreement. It requires much effort all round and is certainly no mean feat.