WFTO-Europe works and collaborates with the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), which speaks out on behalf of the Fair Trade movement for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers, especially in the South.
The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe. It was born in 2004 when the Fair Trade networks set up an informal advocacy cooperation mechanism. In December 2010, the Fair Trade networks formalised their commitment and set up the FTAO as a legally-independent foundation “Fair Trade Advocacy Office” with a clear mandate to advocate for EU policies in support of Fair Trade and Trade Justice and to strengthen the FTAO and the Fair Trade networks and their members’ capacities to interact and have an on-going dialogue with the EU Institutions.
Additionally, we also represent the WFTO-Europe membership with own feedback an advocacy on an EU level.
Please find our advocacy positions and activities on a range of topics and consultations here
Or have a look at straight away at some of the activities that we have carried out recently in collaboration with the FTAO and other CSOs:
Joint Fair Trade Movement Position for COP26 – 16th September, 2021. Together with the Fair Trade movement, we called on the Parties to the UNFCCC to introduce clear, fair and biding mechanisms for trade justice in order to achieve climate justice in their negotiations at COP26.