About the global Fairtrade system

The international Fairtrade system includes three producer networks, 25 Fairtrade organizations, Fairtrade International, and FLOCERT, the independent certification body of the global Fairtrade system. Each plays a unique role in achieving Fairtrade’s vision and delivering impact for farmers and workers. 

Fairtrade International coordinates Fairtrade’s work across the world. Based in Bonn, Germany, it sets international Fairtrade standards, organizes support for producers around the world, develops global Fairtrade strategy, and promotes trade justice internationally. The global strategy and direction of the Fairtrade movement, with consultation across the system, is also led by them.

The work of building a market for Fairtrade products is carried out by national Fairtrade organizations. Fairtrade Canada is one such member responsible for Fairtrade’s work in Canada. Other markets include the UK, Norway, Germany, Poland, Italy as well as new marketing organizations in the U.S., Brazil, India, South Korea, and Kenya. You can read more about these here.

The Fairtrade certification system is run by an independent company called FLOCERT. By checking compliance with Fairtrade Standards, FLOCERT ensures that the relevant social and environmental standards are met for the raw materials and products that carry the FAIRTRADE Mark and that producers receive the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Fairtrade Premium. FLOCERT auditors are highly qualified, usually based in the countries and regions where producers are located, and familiar with local cultures, languages, and legal systems.

Most notably, Fairtrade Producer networks are regional associations that Fairtrade certified producer organizations may join if they wish. They represent small-scale producers, workers and other producer stakeholders. The three networks are Fairtrade Africa, the CLAC and the NAPP (Network of Asian and Pacific Producers).  

To read more about the global movement and Fairtrade’s governance, click here.