A message from our Chief Executive, Harriet Lamb:
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it,” said Goethe. “Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Over 25 years ago, when Fairtrade burst onto farmers’ fields and shop shelves, it was indeed bold.
Today we still seek to nurture that innovative energy, to keep Fairtrade at the cutting edge of creating trade that puts people first.
Our Theory of Change describes the change that we wish to see in the world and how we will contribute to that change. As part of this journey to change, we are increasing our investment in a monitoring, evaluation and learning programme to better assess Fairtrade’s impact.
Monitoring Fairtrade's impact for
farmers and workers
Evaluation and research are essential for generating evidence and learning about Fairtrade’s effectiveness. Fairtrade regularly commissions and publishes studies from independent research institutions, as well as learning from external research.
A growing body of evidence shows that Fairtrade is enabling smallholders to take more ownership and control of their businesses.
of Fairtrade producers are happy with the support services they receive
Improving the situation of workers’ wages on small farms continues to be challenging. But we’re not standing still. We regularly check that we are achieving the impact we want.
THE SHIFTS IN POWER IN THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR HAVE NOW BECOME TOO SIGNIFICANT, AND THEIR IMPACTS TOO CONSIDERABLE, TO BE IGNORED.
– Olivier De Schutter, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
We adapted our model for Fairtrade gold to better support our artisanal gold miners.
This year we're supporting
in Africa to become Fairtrade certified
A summary of key financial figures from our internal management reports and audited financial statements for 2014.
Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. Our 2013-2015 strategic framework, ’Unlocking the Power of the Many,’ is focused on building our unique strengths and delivering in four areas.
Click on the pins below to read some case studies and research reports from around the world about how Fairtrade is benefiting farmers and workers.