Fair Trade

Tea leaves in the hands of a tea plucker working for a company offering fairly traded tea

Fair Trade – a contribution to sustainable development

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade organizations (backed by consumers) are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade. more

Fair Trade standards

To safeguard the credibility of Fair Trade, relevant actors have put in place standards and developed mechanisms for monitoring compliance with those standards. Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), Fairtrade International for short, is the world's largest organisation for social standards certification. It ensures that products throughout the globe that bear the Fairtrade label fulfil uniform criteria. more

Fair Trade – what the BMZ is doing

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports Fair Trade in Germany as an important element of development-related educational activities. Organisations, most of which are staffed by volunteers, provide information about development policy objectives and international trade relations. They show how each individual’s consumption patterns can influence the living and working conditions of people in developing countries. In 2016, the BMZ is providing 3.3 million euros for assistance in this field. more

Documents and links relating to the issue of Fair Trade

Here you can find a selection of documents and websites in German and English, with further information on the topic of Fair Trade. more

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