Fair Trade Principles

Fair Trade Principles


CREATE OPPORTUNITY for artisans and farmers who live in poverty and lack access to long term, well paying jobs.  FTF members act in the interest of our producers.

DEVELOP TRANSPARENT & ACCOUNTABLE RELATIONSHIPS with artisans and farmers to ensure that they have long term jobs.  Fair Trade buyers and Fair Trade producers are honest with each other and work together to solve problems.

BUILD CAPACITY of artisans, farmers and their communities.  FTF members invest time and resources to help producers build their business and improve their communities.

PROMOTE FAIR TRADE by raising awareness about Fair Trade, educating customers and producers, and inspiring other businesses to adopt Fair Trade practices.

PAY PROMPTLY & FAIRLY and discuss prices openly and honestly, so that producers understand their costs and earn a fair wage.  FTF members also offer advance payment to help cover cost of production.

SUPPORT SAFE & EMPOWERING WORKING CONDITIONS that is healthy and free of discrimination.  Producers and employees have a voice in decisions that affect them most.

ENSURE THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN by never using exploitive child labor.  FTF members support children’s right to security, education and play, and respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

CULTIVATE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP by encouraging responsible use of resources and eco-friendly production.  FTF members reduce, reuse, reclaim and recycle materials wherever possible.

RESPECT CULTURAL IDENTITY of farmer and artisan communities.  Fair Trade products and production methods reflect the history and traditions of the artisans and farmers.


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One World Fair Trade is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation and has a deep and lasting commitment to fair trade practices.

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