What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.

What Fairtrade does

Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. We do this by making trade fair.

Facts and figures about Fairtrade

Ever wondered how many farmers and workers are involved with Fairtrade? Or how the Fairtrade Premium is used? Here’s a snapshot from our latest data. 

Where Fairtrade works

There are over 1.66 million farmers and workers in 1,411 producer organisations across the Fairtrade system. Use the map below to explore.

Who we are

Fairtrade is a global movement with a strong and active presence in the UK, represented by the Fairtrade Foundation.

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.
 

Using The Core FAIRTRADE Mark

Whether you are a Fairtrade supporter, or a business, there are important things to know about how the FAIRTRADE Mark can be used.

Policy briefings and reports

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

Work for us

People are at the heart of what’s important at Fairtrade. ‘Our people’ enable us to deliver more impact where it matters.