Ways of Working with Fairtrade FAQs

With so many ways to work with us, Fairtrade is good for business.

  • I want to sell Fairtrade ingredients to other businesses to use in their products

    If you are solely selling your Fairtrade products or ingredients in the UK, then you will need to become certified with FLOCERT (the independent Fairtrade certification and auditing organisation). This means that your customers will be able to use your products or ingredients in their Fairtrade certified products. 

  • I want to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark on my products

    If your business owns finished products which you sell on to wholesalers, retailers, distributors, food service companies or directly to the public, you can become a licensee and carry the FAIRTRADE Mark on your goods.

    Hundreds of companies are already licensees with the Fairtrade Foundation, proudly showing the FAIRTRADE Mark on their products.

    When you become a licensee, you will receive:

    - Help compiling and updating your Fairtrade supply chain to make sure your product and its ingredients meet our rigorous ethical guidelines.

    - Access to national promotional activities for you to participate in and benefit from.

    - Regular updates and email with the latest Fairtrade news, including information about Fairtrade retail sales and ways to get more involved with our work

    - Tools and advice on how to use the FAIRTRADE Mark effectively.

    There are four simple steps to becoming a licensee:

    Step 1. Call us on 0203 301 5001 or email us to find out more. See our 'Learn More' checklist to understand what you need to work with Fairtrade. 

    Step 2. FLOCERT (the independent Fairtrade certification and auditing organisation) will contact you to confirm your certification needs.

    Step 3. Complete the licensing application form and pay registration fee. 

    Step 4. Countersign licence agreement for your business and submit product details for approval.

    Learn more

    - Check there are Fairtrade standards for your products.

    - Research Fairtrade suppliers.

    - Understand the Fairtrade Trader Standard which explains our requirements for companies.

    - Check your product composition meets our guidelines.

    - Contact us to find out what fees are involved.

    - If you are not UK based, another National Fairtrade Organisation may be better placed to help you.

  • I want my business to stock and sell Fairtrade products

    If you are a restaurant, caterer, cafe or retailer, we can help you provide Fairtrade products for your customers.

    If you run a restaurant, cafe or you are a retailer, use the guide below to help you find a supplier of packaged Fairtrade products.

    Why and where to buy Fairtrade for your business. See the National Fairtrade Purchasing Guide.

    Contact us if you operate at a regional or national level, and are seeking to bring more Fairtrade products into your business.

    Visit our product pages to find information about the different finished products that carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK.

  • I want to serve Fairtrade products to my employees and colleagues within my own business

    If you offer Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar within your workplace you can celebrate your commitment by becoming a Fairtrade Workplace of Worldchangers.

  • I want to sell finished Fairtrade products wholesale to other businesses

    Contact commercial@fairtrade.org.uk to discuss being listed in our National Purchasing Guide.

  • I want to work with Fairtrade on a programme to address challenges in my supply chain

    Contact commercial@fairtrade.org.uk to find out more about what programmes we offer.

  • I would like advice on sustainability challenges and strategy from a Fairtrade expert

    Contact commercial@fairtrade.org.uk to discuss our Expertise services.

  • How to apply for a Fairtrade licence

    Working with Fairtrade is a great way to show your support for farmers and producers around the world and make a difference to their lives – and lets your customers know that your business makes or sells ethical products.

  • Stock Fairtrade

    Customers are now more interested than ever in where their food and drink comes from, how it is grown and who by.

  • Trader application

    Some companies may need to register as a Fairtrade trader rather than as a Fairtrade licensee.

  • Fairtrade Sourcing Programs

    New ways to source Fairtrade cotton, cocoa and sugar.