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What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of marginalized producers and workers.


It is a concept that speaks of the dignity of labor, of decent workplaces that ensure the health and safety of workers and business practices that respect the integrity of the natural environment. It is a concept that espouses responsible business practices.

Fair Trade Organizations are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional trade.

Fair Trade and You

As consumers, everybody has the power to make fair trade work. Fair Trade Shops present a choice to change our spending habits and increase our support and patronage of fair trade products. By buying a fair trade product we can help make a difference in the lives of small producers and by the power of our choice as consumers we can help build a fairer world.