Fairtrade Foundation

The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that focuses on four key areas of work in the UK:

  • We license the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK
  • We help to grow demand for Fairtrade products and empower producers to sell to traders and retailers
  • We find new ways of working with our partners to support producer organisations and their networks
  • We raise public awareness of the need for Fairtrade and the significant role of Fairtrade in making trade fair

Our hundreds of Fairtrade Towns, Schools and Universities, Faith Groups and committed supporters are vital in helping us realise our vision of fair trade.

Our organisational strategy for 2016-2020, FAIRTRADE CAN, I CAN, sets out our ambition to deliver greater impact for producers and engage even more of the UK public in shopping and campaigning for a better deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.

The Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, Global Justice Now, and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.  Member organisations now also include Banana Link, All We Can, National Campaigner Committee, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, People & Planet, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, Shared Interest Foundation, Soroptimist International , Tearfund and Commitment to Life / United Reformed Church.

The Foundation is the UK member of Fairtrade International which unites over 20 labelling initiatives across Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico and Australia/New Zealand as well as networks of producer organisations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.