Unfair trade is driving poverty

Farming is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40% of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households.

Yet millions of those who live on smallholder farms are going hungry, not earning enough to properly feed either themselves or their families.

Why is this? Many farmers do not receive a fair price for what they produce. Workers do not receive a fair wage and are denied labour, economic, social, civil and political rights such as freedom of association, a living wage, collective bargaining and health & safety standards.

We don’t think this is right.

Farmers and workers have suffered from centuries of marginalization and exploitation by powerful interests. We believe in a future where trade works to the benefit of all, not just the few. We know Fairtrade can deliver this future.

Fairtrade is the solution

Fairtrade works to share the benefits of trade more equally.

  • Fairtrade is the only certification scheme that has a minimum safety net price – this provides essential stability.
  • The Fairtrade Premium delivers an extra payment to farmers and workers – this provides the ability to build for the future.
  • Fairtrade Standards require farmers and workers to be organized, inclusive, democratic and accountable – this provides the strength to negotiate and protect a fairer deal. 

Fairtrade’s approach provides safeguards against the exploitation of vulnerable and marginalised populations, and helps promote protection of the natural environment

  • 46% of Fairtrade workers and 22% of Fairtrade farmers are women. Fairtrade’s approach to establishing democratic, transparent producer organisations contributes to the inclusion of men, women and young people.
  • Fairtrade Standards prohibit child labour as defined by the ILO Minimum Age Convention. While no organisation can guarantee the non-existence of child labour, Fairtrade guarantees that if child labour is detected, we act to protect impacted children.
  • Fairtrade Standards help protect the natural environment through strict rules on pesticides, water conservation, soil erosion, GMOs, biodiversity, energy use and reducing carbon footprint.

Fairtrade enables small-scale farmers and workers to drive forward a better future for all.

  • Investments in community development is a key use of the Fairtrade Premium, sparking wider economic, social and environmental change.
  • Fairtrade farmers are beginning to use their collective voice to challenge the status quo and push for better national policies.

Fairtrade enables consumers to demand a better deal for those that produce our food. Through choosing Fairtrade consumers can demand the highest standards from business and government, ensuring people and planet are not exploited to create the products we enjoy.

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