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What is Fair Trade?


Fair trade improves families and communities by offering better wages, decent working conditions, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Fair trade makes a difference

Benefits for consumers

Fair trade offers farmers and workers in developing countries a better deal and improved terms of trade - the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future.

Fair trade provides consumers a powerful way to make a difference through their everyday shopping.

Benefits for producers

Stable Prices

Stable prices that aim to cover the average costs of sustainable production for most products - even when world market prices fall.

Fair Trade Premiums

The fair trade premium is paid on top of the agreed fair trade price and is used for community and business development projects. Producers decide democratically how to invest it.

Partnership

Producers are involved in decisions that affect their future.

Empowerment

Empowerment of producers is a key goal of fair trade. Small farmer groups must have a democratic structure and transparent administration in order to be fair trade certified.

Workers must be allowed to have representatives on a committee that decides on the use of the fair trade premiums.

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