HERE ARE THE FAIR TRADE PRINCIPLES AS PER THE FTF WEB-SITE
AND GLOBAL CRAFTS WEBSITE AS OF DECEMBER 2018. Read by clicking on the titles…
The importance of these principles is emphasized by Renice Jones in this communication.
FAIR TRADE FEDERATION PRINCIPLE 1 Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers Fair Trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Members create social and economic opportunities through trading partnerships with marginalized producers. Members place the interests of producers and their communities as the primary concern of their enterprise.
FAIR TRADE FEDERATION PRINCIPLE 2 Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships Fair Trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent, and respectful. Members show consideration for both customers and producers by sharing information about the entire trading chain through honest and proactive communication. They create mechanisms to help customers and producers feel actively involved in the trading chain. If problems arise, members work cooperatively with fair trade partners and other organizations to implement solutions.
FAIR TRADE FEDERATION PRINCIPLE 3 Build Capacity Fair Trade is a means to develop producers’ independence. Members maintain long-term relationships based on solidarity, trust, and mutual respect, so that producers can improve their skills and their access to markets. Members help producers to build capacity through proactive communication, financial and technical assistance, market information, and dialogue. They seek to share lessons learned, to spread best practices, and to strengthen the connections between communities, including among producer groups.
FAIR TRADE FEDERATION PRINCIPLE 9 9. Respect Cultural Identity. Fair trade celebrates the cultural diversity of communities, while seeking to create positive and equitable change. Members respect the development of products, practices, and organizational models based on indigenous traditions and techniques to sustain cultures and revitalize traditions. Members balance market needs with producers’ cultural heritage.
THESE ARE THE FAIR-TRADE PRINCIPLES EVERY LICENSED FAIR TRADE MERCHANT IS SUPPOSED TO GO BY. CONSUMERS RELY UPON THE LICENSE TO BE SURE THAT THEIR PURCHASE GOES TO BENEFIT THE ARTISAN AND THE FAMILY OF THE ARTISAN.
RETAILERS PURCHASE LICENSED FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS, SO THEY CAN
SAFELY RE-SELL THIS MERCHANDISE AS HAVING HUMANITARIAN CONTENT.
Download the Fair Trade Federation Code of Practice as last revised November 1, 2017