Global Fairtrade CEO Darío Soto Abril looks back on 20 years of Fairtrade International, what it took to become the most recognized ethical label in the world, and how the movement will grow stronger by adapting to challenges.
Global sales of Fairtrade products are increasing, and the purchasing power of ethical consumers is making a lasting change for producers and farmers around the world.
In 2016 more than
farmers and workers benefitted from Fairtrade
Fairtrade has always improved the livelihoods of producers; now our priority is to enable living wages and incomes for all producers and workers.
Fairtrade is establishing
benchmarks for living wages
Sustainable change means working towards equitable outcomes for all, and addressing gender inequality, child labour, workers’ rights and climate change.
Field-based training and support reached about
of Asia Pacific producer organizations
Adapting to challenges and evolving to offer greater benefits to producers and businesses will ensure Fairtrade remains relevant, respected, and continues to grow.
The first Fairtrade carbon project helped fund
energy efficient stoves in Lesotho
Fairtrade International is working to ensure continued sales growth by opening up new markets for certified products, especially in Asia, and by improving South-South trade.
Global Fairtrade sales reached
Fairtrade encourages national, multi-national and government bodies to advocate for policies that tackle global poverty and give farmers in developing countries a fair deal.
Tackling poverty in developing countries could benefit
The different actors in the global Fairtrade system work together to empower farmers, workers and consumers to make trade fairer.
In 2016 more than
people took part in the World Fairtrade Challenge
View a summary of key financial figures from our internal management reports and audited financial statements for 2016.
Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.
Our strategy for 2016-2020 – ‘Changing Trade, Changing Lives’ – sets out ambitious goals to deepen our impact for producers and ramp up our advocacy for fairness and justice in trade.
Map 1 - Introduction.