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.
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.
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.
- 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 create self-determination for all people. We are committed to trade that includes fair compensation, safe and healthy working conditions, direct and long-term relationships, transparent business practices, and workplaces free from discrimination and forced 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.
We celebrate the contribution and value of all people in the supply chain and recognize the dignity of each person and organization in our interactions and relationships. We believe that people have a right to participate in the decisions that affect their lives based on open sharing of information.
- Solidarity in a Global Community
We believe that communities grounded in trust, moral support, cooperation, and a sense of belonging makes us stronger individually and as a whole. We value the impact that comes from empowering consumers with knowledge and believe that our unified voices convey a powerful message.