This document was prepared and edited on behalf of WFTO by Marlike Kocken, Manager of EFTA, with the input and advice of a number of Fair Trade pioneers. 

Fair Trade Today

Fair Trade today is a truly global movement. Over a million small-scale producers and workers are organized in as many as 3,000 grassroots organizations and their umbrella structures in over 50 countries in the South. Their products are sold in thousands of World-shops or Fair Trade shops, supermarkets and many other sales points in the North and, increasingly, in sales outlets in the Southern hemisphere. The movement is engaged in debates with political decision-makers in the European institutions and international fora on making international trade fairer. On top of that, Fair Trade has made mainstream business more aware of its social and environmental responsibility. In short: Fair Trade is becoming more and more successful.

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When did it all begin?

Exotic crafts and food

Networking

Awareness raising, campaigning and advocacy

Fair Trade organizations and Fair Trade labelling

Conclusion

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