- Who should serve as a general reference? A general reference may be anyone who is not directly associated with your organization but is familiar with your trading practices and your commitment to fair trade. References should not be employees or immediate family. References from FTF members and others who are knowledgeable about fair trade are especially helpful.
Before filling out the FTF membership application, familiarize yourself with the following:
- the nine Fair Trade Principles, which guide the business decisions of all FTF members;
- the FTF Code of Practice, which includes specific expectations for each principle; &
- the FTF Eligibility Requirements.
FTF’s screening process is designed to evaluate organizations with established fair trade systems and strong fair trade business practices. In many cases, it may be beneficial to wait longer than the minimum required one year in operation before applying for FTF membership.