About Us

ABOUT US

 

Mission

The Fair Trade Federation is a trade association of fair trade enterprises fully committed to equitable and sustainable trading partnerships. We strengthen and support our members in order to grow the global movement of trade that values the health of the planet, and the labor, dignity, and equality of all people.

Vision

As part of the global fair trade movement, the Fair Trade Federation shares a vision of a world in which justice, equity, and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood.

For more information about our organizational goals, please find the FTF Strategic Plan here.

Values

Trade as a Force for Positive Change

We value trading relationships that distribute power, risks, and rewards equitably. We believe that trade should be a tool to eliminate inequality and support self-determination for all people. We are committed to trade that includes fair compensation, safe and healthy working conditions, direct and long-term equitable relationships, transparent business practices, and inclusive workplaces free from discrimination and exploitative child labor.

Fullest Commitment to Fair and Sustainable Practices

We believe that credibility comes through open and transparent interactions. We believe we have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards and expectations of ourselves and we value organizations that aspire to fully embrace fair trade principles, including the application of economic, social, cultural, and environmentally sustainable practices.

Respectful Partnerships

We recognize the contributions of all individuals across the supply chain and approach relationships with respect, acknowledging that collaborating and working together are mutually beneficial. We believe in transparency of information and that people have a right to participate in the decision-making process, especially decisions that affect their livelihoods.

Solidarity in a Global Community

We believe that communities grounded in collaboration, trust, support, and a sense of belonging make us stronger individually and as a whole. We value the impact that comes from empowering stakeholders throughout the supply chain with knowledge and believe that our unified voices convey a powerful message.

History

The Fair Trade Federation traces its roots to the late 1970s when individual alternative trade organizations began holding yearly conferences for groups working in fair trade. In 1994, the group incorporated formally as the North American Alternative Trade Organization (NAATO); and, the following year, changed its name to the Fair Trade Federation. Since then, FTF has focused on supporting fully committed businesses in order to expand markets for artisans and farmers around the world. The Federation has been an active member of the World Fair Trade Organization (formerly IFAT) for many years.

Interested in becoming a verified fair trade enterprise? Learn more here!