FairTrade 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.
The organization aims to develop certified quality products respecting the imbalance of power in trading relationships and coming from controlled food chains.
By offering these products to the largest number of people, Fair Trade enables consumers, companies and institutions to take regard of the social, economic and environmental consequences of their purchasing. When a product carries the FAIRTRADE Mark it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standards which are constantly revised and improved. The producers have to follow business development plans based on ethical principles such as an environmental sustainability of the agricultural process, the prohibition of any discrimination among the workers, the ban of child labor, obligatory contract based hiring.
There is a commitment for traders to a long-term trading partnership that enables both sides to co-operate. Fair Trade transactions exist within an implicit “social contract” in which buyers (including final consumers) agree to do more than is expected by the conventional market, such as paying fair prices, providing pre-finance and offering support for capacity building. Finally, the processing companies like ours, are committed to comply with the specific requirements involving the use of the Fairtrade mark, the packaging of the products and the product traceability, providing written contracts and pre-finance.
As our friend of Fairtrade say “we imagine a world where all the producers can live and work in safe and sustainable conditions, can achieve their potential and decide on their future. Our ambition is to transform the global markets by promoting greater equity in international trade.“