Fairtrade was born from a grassroots movement for trade justice. For more than 25 years Fairtrade has worked with businesses and consumers to reduce poverty among farmers and workers, and spread the benefits of trade more equally. But we haven’t forgotten our roots. Our innovative work on textiles and climate change reflects our focus on advocacy and partnership with other organizations.

 

Partnering for Sustainable Development

The UN Global Goals are a big deal for the 1.6 million Fairtrade farmers and workers. As world leaders debated the new framework, Fairtrade delivered a statement to the UN demanding that fair trade principles and the voices of smallholder farmers and workers be heard to ensure the successful planning and implementation of the Goals. Marike de Peña, Chair of Fairtrade International, reflected on the importance of the Goals to smallholder farmers and workers worldwide. Read more

We released the report ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Fairtrade: the case for partnership’ about the tangible ways Fairtrade is achieving results in partnership with others in export supply chains. Download the report (PDF)

The European Commission has selected Fairtrade as one of its strategic partners for the next five years to help deliver a better deal for small-scale farmers and workers round the world. Read more

 

Campaigning for Cotton

Ten million cotton farmers in West and Central Africa suffer from an unfair cotton trading system and huge power imbalances in the supply chain. Just five countries – China, India, the US, Pakistan and Brazil – produce the majority of cotton and heavily subsidize domestic cotton production. This keeps world cotton prices artificially low and pressurizes West African farmers whose governments cannot afford similar subsidies. They also face high export and transport costs since most of their cotton travels to Asia for further processing.

At the 2016 Cotton Forum, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, together with the Association of African Cotton Producers, called on the EU, G7 and West African governments to do more in support of fairer and more sustainable textile supply chains. Read more | Download the report (PDF)

 

Our Changing Environment

In December 2015, Fairtrade producers from Latin America and Africa travelled to COP21 in Paris to ensure smallholder farmers had their say in the crucial climate change talks, and to show how small-scale farmers – often the worst hit by climate change – are finding new ways to adapt. Find out more

Victor Biwot, manager at Sireet Tea Outgrowers in Kenya, wrote about his opinion on the Paris climate agreements.

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What's next?

  • We will focus our advocacy on three key areas: climate change; living income and living wage; and on enabling public policy environments for fair trade.
  • Fairtrade will influence policies and practices by pressuring institutions and governments to enforce regulations, set market boundaries, and incentivise the creation of a more equal playing field.

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