About the Fair Trade Movement
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The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a global network of Fair Trade Organizations and representative body of 383 members committed to 100% Fair Trade. WFTO is the main monitoring body of the integrated supply chains route and their members represent the Fair Trade chain from production to sale. All WFTO members are required to pass through the monitoring system, which is based on a Self-Assessment Reports (SAR). The SAR is an internal audit tool when members report on their adherence to the 10 Principles and provide the evidence to support their statement.
The WFTO operates in 75 countries across 5 regions. The network carries out its mission through campaigning, policy, advocacy, marketing, monitoring, certification and market access. It has elected global and regional boards voted from the membership by the membership.
Regional Networks of the WFTO:
Africa: Cooperation for Fair Trade in Africa (COFTA) represents 70 member organisations across 20 African countries
Asia: WFTO-Asia represents over 90 member organisations across 15 countries
Europe: WFTO-Europe represents 90 members across 17 European countries
Latin America: WFTO-Latin America represents 61 members who are united in 50 organisations, 8 support organisations and 3 networks
North America and the Pacific Rim: WFTO Pacific represents 25 member organisations across 7 countries on 3 continents
Fairtrade International is a worldwide association of 25 organizations that coordinates Fairtrade labelling at an international level. Fairtrade International sets international standards in accordance with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice on Standard Setting. One set of standards applies to smallholders that are working together in co-operatives or other organizations with a democratic structure. The other set applies to workers, whose employers pay decent wages, guarantee the right to join trade unions, ensure health and safety standards and provide adequate housing where relevant. Fairtrade Standards also cover terms of trade. Most products have a Fairtrade Minimum Price, which is the minimum that must be paid to the producers. In addition producers get an additional sum, the Fairtrade Premium, to invest in their communities. Moreover, additional standards apply even to specific products such as coffee, tea, fresh fruit, cut flowers, seed cotton, sports ball or timber. There are now thousands of products in more than 120 countries that carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.
Further Fairtrade International organizes support for producers around the world, develops global Fairtrade strategy, and promotes trade justice internationally. The members of Fairtrade International all produce or promote products that carry the FAIRTRADE Mark and together they are responsible for decision making within Fairtrade International. Half of the members of the Fairtrade International General Assembly represent producers.
Africa: Fairtrade Africa consists of 4 regional networks represents over 260 Fairtrade certified producer organisations in 29 countries
America: Coordinator of Fairtrade Latin America and the Caribbean (CLAC) represents 300 small producer organisations in 20 countries
Asia: Network of Asian and Pacific Producers (NAPP) represents 96 members in 11 countries