The impact of our work

Fairtrade supports small scale farmers and workers who are marginalized from trade in a variety of ways. 

Fairtrade as a certification is much more than merely an environmental certification, it is the only and best ethical and social certification that really ensures social and environmental, ethical and economic impact, and therefore human impact.

Enrique Calderon

Coffee farmer, Coopeagri.



As a certification scheme, our Fairtrade Standards provide one of our primary and also most visible tools for empowering small farmer and worker organizations.

But beyond the standards and certification, the Fairtrade system also provides direct and indirect support to producers and their organizations to deepen social and environmental sustainability.


  • fairtrade difference

    The difference that Fairtrade makes

    Emerging evidence through impact assessments finds that Fairtrade certification can make a significant difference to farmers’ and workers’ lives.

  • Our theory of change

    Our Theory of Change

    A 'Theory of Change' describes the change that an initiative (organization, network, project, etc.) wishes to see in the world and its understanding of how it will contribute to that change.

  • Monitor & Evaluate

    How Fairtrade monitors and measures impact

    Fairtrade has a committed program of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) that supports learning and improvement.

  • Where Fairtrade needs to do more

    Where Fairtrade needs to do more

    Fairtrade is an evolving system committed to learning how our approach can improve to make a bigger difference for farmer and worker communities in developing countries.

  • Evaluation

    Impact research and evaluation studies

    As part of our commitment to understand the impact of our work better, the Fairtrade system commissions 2-3 outcome and impact evaluations each year.