The Weltladen-Dachverband e.V. is the umbrella organization of German worldshops. It was founded in 1975 by worldshops (Weltläden) and action groups to represent their interests at a national and international level. Today it is a registered association with more than 440 members. The work of the Weltladen-Dachverband is based on the convention of worldshops with its basic standards for fair trade. Since 2011 the Dachverband is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (Europe and Global).
The key goals and responsibilities of the Weltladen-Dachverband are the following:
– To promote the idea of fair trade and the role of worldshops in public and politics
– To create a clear and coherent picture of worldshops and their standards in public
– To establish worldshops as specialised stores for fair trade as well as to improve and
strengthen their work on a systematic basis
– To further develop the worldshops’ work adapting to changing market conditions