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Policy briefings and reports

We work with government, parliament, business, civil society and other stakeholders to advocate for policies that will make trade fair.

The impact of our work

We support small scale farmers and workers who are marginalised from trade in a variety of ways and carefully monitor the impact of Fairtrade on these communities.  

Our theory of change

A 'Theory of Change' describes the change that an initiative (organisation, network, project, etc.) wishes to see in the world and its understanding of how it will contribute to that change.

Where Fairtrade needs to do more

Fairtrade is an evolving system committed to learning how our approach can improve to make a bigger difference for farmer and worker communities in developing countries.

Impact research and evaluation studies

As part of our commitment to understand the impact of our work better, the Fairtrade system commissions 2-3 outcome and impact evaluations each year.

The difference that Fairtrade makes

Emerging evidence through impact assessments has found that Fairtrade can make a significant difference to farmers’ and workers’ lives.

How Fairtrade monitors and measures impact

Fairtrade has a committed programme of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) that supports learning and improvement.

Twin report finds recognising and investing in women farmers is good for business and development

A new Twin report has found that recognising and investing in women farmers is good for business and development. Fairtrade and Twin call on businesses to smash ‘glass ceiling’ for women small farmers who play a vital role in global food production.  

New marks unveiled for Fairtrade gold and precious metals

- Brand new FAIRTRADE Marks for gold and precious metals simplify labelling -They signify strengthened standards on health and environmental protection for miners -Round-table discussions with miners will coincide with international meeting on mercury misuse Fairtrade International has unveiled its new standard and pricing for gold, silver and platinum and new ways of working with the jewellery industry at a landmark round table in London on 9 - 10 October 2013.