The impact of our work

Fairtrade supports small scale farmers and workers who are marginalised from trade in a variety of ways. 

As a certification scheme, our Fairtrade Standards, which demand minimum commitments and requirements such as on pricing, provide one of our primary and also most visible tools for empowering small farmer and worker organisations.

Fairtrade as a certification is much more than merely an environmental certification, it is the only and best ethical and social certification that really ensures social and environmental, ethical and economic impact, and therefore human impact.

Enrique Calderon

Coffee farmer, Coopeagri.

But beyond the standards and certification, the Fairtrade system also provides direct and indirect support to producers and their organisations to deepen social and environmental sustainability.

Fairtrade has a committed programme of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) that supports internal learning and improvement and helps build the evidence base for assessing the difference we make. This is based on our ‘Theory of Change’ and ensures we gather the right data and information on what difference Fairtrade makes and how.

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    The difference that Fairtrade makes

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

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    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.

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    How Fairtrade monitors and measures impact

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

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    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.