The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Weltläden (ARGE Weltläden) is the umbrella organisation of the „Weltläden“(worldshops) in Austria founded in 1982. Weltläden are shops specialised in marketing fair trade products which follow the standards of the World Fair Trade Organization.
ARGE Weltläden aims to ensure exchange between shops. Furthermore the association provides in-service and further education services for Weltläden staff members. It represents its members publicly and informs the wide public about the work of the „Weltläden“, cooperations with producers and international trade issues. ARGE Weltläden supports its members with services ranging, among others, from sales advice to PR, marketing and corporate design services.
ARGE Weltläden complies with the Fair Trade Standards of the World Fair Trade Organization. It encourages environment protection and social welfare. ARGE Weltläden aims to develop partnerships and work together with other (fair trade) organisations.