10.01.2017 - 13.01.2017 — Hall: 8.0 Stand: F 44C
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and traders, businesses and consumers. The international Fairtrade system - made up of Fairtrade International and its member organizations - represents the world's largest and most recognized fair trade system.
The FAIRTRADE Mark is the most widely recognized ethical label in the world. It improves the lives of over 1.4 Million farmers and workers in 74 countries in the global south.
When farmers sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping. Fairtrade offers companies a credible way to ensure that the cotton they buy has a positive impact on the lives of the cotton farmers at the end of the chain.
What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade Minimum Price
Thanks to the Fairtrade Minimum Price, farmers can cover their cost of sustainable production and are provided with a safety net against market fluctuation.
The Premium helps producers to improve the quality of their lives. It is paid on top of the Fairtrade Minimum Price, and producers decide democratically how to use it. Typically they invest it in education, healthcare, farm improvements or processing facilities to increase income.
Empowerment of farmers and workers
Fairtrade helps build strong producer organizations with democratic and transparent processes; farmers are empowered to create long-term sustainable change and have control over their futures, for both their businesses and communities.
Strong environmental standards protecting farmers’ health and safety, conserving nature, and banning GMOs and dangerous chemicals. Cotton farmers often invest the Fairtrade premium in training programs on sustainable farming methods or the reduction of pesticide usage.
Fairtrade is a collaborative system with producers at the heart of its decision making, through 50 percent representation on the Fairtrade General Assembly.
The ISO 65 accredited certifier FLO-CERT certifies all Fairtrade supply chains from the producers in the global south up to the manufacturer.
The FAIRTRADE Certified Cotton Markis suited for businesses and their customers who want the assurance the 100 percent of the cotton in a finished product is Fairtrade certified. Consumers will recognize this commitment by the FAIRTRADE Cotton Mark label sewn directly on the product, which allows for physical traceability of the cotton back to the farmers who grew it.
The Fairtrade Cotton Sourcing Program is suited for companies looking to source a portion of their large scale cotton supply on Fairtrade terms. It allows flexibility within the supply chain, minimizes cost per unit, and can be applied in line with their corporate social responsibility goals.