About us Who we are
The FTAO is supported by and cooperates in a number of ways with the members of the Fair Trade movement and external experts.
FTAO Expert Groups
The FTAO has three expert networks on Fair Trade, Fair Trade Public Procurement and Trade Justice. These groups give advice to the FTAO and serve as information exchange networks on relevant advocacy and policy developments. There are also specific project teams which are groups of experts set up for time-limited advocacy.
EU Fair Trade Advocacy Network
The EU Fair Trade Advocacy Network works with members on advocacy in the EU and gives input to and advises the FTAO in designing and setting up campaigns that brings together citizens and Fair Trade actors in the EU to achieve changes in EU and Global policies in support of Fair Trade and Trade Justice.
To see who participated in these groups in 2012 please follow our Annual Report 2012.
The Board of Directors is the body with ultimate responsibility for the FTAO. It oversees the management and gives strategic advice to the FTAO. It meets three or four times a year. Its current members are:
- Jenny Borden (independent Chair)
- Lily Deforce (representing Fairtrade International)
- Marlike Kocken (representing the European Fair Trade Association)
- Sophie Tack (representing the World Fair Trade Organization – Europe)
- Barbara Crowther (independent member, appointed by Fairtrade International)
- Paul Spray (independent member, appointed by the European Fair Trade Association)
An umbrella of 27 organisations around the world, including three producer networks representing producers in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, 19 labelling initiatives, four marketing organisations and one associate member. The members all produce or promote products that carry the Fairtrade Certification Mark and together they are responsible for decision making within Fairtrade International. Half of the members of the Fairtrade International General Assembly represent producers. Together, they develop the Fairtrade labelling model as a tool to secure a better deal for small farmers and workers in the South. Fairtrade International has its headquarters in Germany. www.fairtrade.net
The European Fair Trade Association
An association of 10 Fair Trade importers in nine European countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. EFTA was established informally in 1987 by some of the oldest and largest Fair Trade importers. It gained formal status in 1990. The aim of EFTA is to support its member organisations in their work and to encourage them to cooperate and coordinate. It facilitates the exchange of information and networking, it creates conditions for labour division and it identifies and develops joint projects. EFTA is based in the Netherlands. www.eftafairtrade.org
The European Branch of the World Fair Trade Organization
WFTO-Europe is formed by more than 90 members across 17 European countries, amongst them Fair Trade Organisations, national Fair Trade Networks and Fair Trade Support Organisations. It is the European branch of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO, formerly known as the International Federation for Alternative Trade - IFAT) which counts more than 450 members from 75 countries, mainly in the South. The goals of WFTO-Europe include representing Fair Trade in Europe, supporting Fair Trade policies and supporting the global Fair Trade network. WFTO-Europe carries out its mission through campaigning, policy, advocacy, monitoring, certification and market access. The WFTO-Europe has its office in Belgium. www.wfto-europe.org
Executive Director: Sergi Corbalán
Project Coordinator: Elba Estrada
Tel: +32 (0) 2 543 19 24
Project Coordinator: Sebastien Leclef
Tel: +32 (0) 2 543 19 23
Project Coordinator: Peter Möhringer
Tel: +32 (0) 2 543 19 23
Intern: Kristýna Němčanská
Tel: +32 (0) 2 543 19 23
The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out on behalf of the Fair Trade movement for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the European Fair Trade Association and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe. Through these three networks the FTAO represents an estimate of 2.5 million Fair Trade producers and workers from 70 countries, 24 labelling initiatives, over 500 specialised Fair Trade importers, 4,000 World Shops and more than 100,000 volunteers.
The FTAO was born in 2004 when the Fair Trade networks set up an informal advocacy cooperation mechanism. In December 2010, the Fair Trade networks formalised their commitment and set up the FTAO as a legally-independent foundation “Fair Trade Advocacy Office” with a clear mandate to advocate for EU policies in support of Fair Trade and Trade Justice and to strengthen the FTAO and the Fair Trade networks and their members’ capacities to interact and have an on-going dialogue with the EU Institutions. The FTAO Secretariat is based in Brussels.