EFTA (European Fair Trade Association) is an association of nine Fair Trade importers in eight European countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom). EFTA was established informally in 1987 by some of the oldest and largest Fair Trade importers. It gained formal status in 1990. EFTA is based in the Netherlands and has Dutch Articles of Association.
The aim of EFTA is to support its member organizations in their work and to encourage them to cooperate and coordinate. It facilitates the exchange of information and networking; it creates conditions for labour division; it identifies areas of coordination and cooperation such as joint projects, research and systems to facilitate fair trading with suppliers.
The largest EFTA members are Gepa in Germany and CTM Altromercato in Italy. A large part of the sales are achieved via the traditional channels of World Shops and supermarkets.
Combined, EFTA members trade with almost 300 suppliers. The majority of handicrafts comes from Asia. Most food products, particularly coffee, comes from Latin America.
In total, EFTA members currently employ the equivalent of around 570 full-time employees.
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