Fair Trade Danmark (FTD) is an association of Fair-Trade Shops and trade organizations all selling approved Fair-Trade products. Furthermore, we assist members in developing their business into a full Fair-Trade Organization adhering to WFTO principles. For this purpose, the FTD deploys its own credible guarantee system.
The association FTD was established in 1996 by a group of Fair Trade shops and trade organizations whose cooperation forms the backbone of the association as the activities of the members cover the whole chain of trade from producer to buyer.
The FTD is a democratic association built on voluntary work. The top leadership is the annual general meeting where a board of directors is elected.
The core mission of the FTD is to create and independent and trustworthy approval and monitoring procedure for importers and their producers, based on the WFTO’s 10 Principles of Fair Trade. Approval and evaluation of a FTD member is handled by a neutral, external control committee. The three external members are resource persons with great knowledge and experience about Fair Trade and developing countries, among other things.
Every other year, approved members must be evaluated, after what they gain the right to use Fait Trade Danmark’s logo which is a recognized and protected mark of guarantee.
The foundation of the members’ products is a unique combination of local craftsmanship and Scandinavian design. The FTD is happy to contribute with knowledge and logistics for Danish projects in cooperation with local partners in the developing countries. Danish participants in this cooperation must be prepared not only to teach, but also to learn and understand about local conditions and traditions themselves. In that meeting, mutual understanding, learning and inspiration come into existence. Disseminated correctly, this will end up in innovative, competitive Fair Trade products appealing to broader target groups than the usual ones.
In the public debate in Denmark, there is an important focus on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. By highlighting the similarities of these targets with Fair Trade principles, we aim at achieving a renaissance the Fair Trade idea in the consumers’ consciousness. Funds will be allocated for information, lectures, and other events where the UN world targets are linked with the WFTD’s ten principles.
Read more about Fair Trade Danmark in the English version of our home page: https://fairtradedanmark.dk/en/.
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