Fairtrade has grown over the last 30 years and we are always evaluating the impact we’re making. This way, we can make decisions that make sense for producers, businesses and shoppers.

Fairtrade Makes a Difference

Three Pillars of Fairtrade Sustainability

Fair trade benefits farmers and workers

Fairtrade impacts the economic, environmental and social well-being of producers. We outlined this in our Theory of Change (coming soon). In general, producers experience benefits such as:

  • More ownership over the process of trade by investing in their infrastructure or skills
  • Better negotiating power
  • More reliable sources of income and investment
  • Support to go organic if they so choose
  • Increasing crop quality and yield
  • Greater gender equality due to the democratic voting on Premium use
  • Ability to invest in their communities through school, clinic and more
  • Supplemental income
  • The ability for workers to organize

Put the above points into context by reading stories about producers all around the world who have seen the positive benefits of fair trade.

Fairtrade International's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning department is key to gaining the knowledge needed to better develop our system, standards and programs. If you have a specific question about how we review our impact, get in touch.

Fair trade is good for business

Businesses benefit from Fairtrade Certification, too. Many businesses feel the rigor of the Fairtrade standards and audits helps them have more insight into their supply chain. Read some of our case studies about how fair trade has made a difference in organizations.

People like YOU make fair trade possible

Finally, individuals also benefit from Fairtrade. In general, more people are wondering where their food comes from and if their purchases are harming or helping. We all know that one or two people in our network that is a vocal champion for the things they care about – like fair food, workers’ rights or fair pay.  

Read stories of some Fairtrade Champions who have been working hard to spread the word about Fairtrade.

  • A banana producer organization in Ecuador has adapted its washing station to protect workers.

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    Where Fairtrade needs to do more

    Fairtrade is constantly evolving as we work towards our vision in which all farmers and workers earn a sustainable livelihood. We have come a long way, but there is always more to do. 

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    Fairtrade is a considered a leader in sustainability, certifications and supporting producer communities. We publish all our reports, showing both where Fairtrade is working well and where we need to do better.

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    Fairtrade Case Studies Map

    There are over 1.6 million farmers and workers in 1,240 producer organizations across the Fairtrade system.

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    Case Studies

    More than 1.6 million farmers and workers in over 75 countries are not just part of Fairtrade but at the heart of Fairtrade. Learn more about the issues they face to produce some of the products we use every day, from coffee and cocoa to bananas and tea. You can benefit farmers and change lives by choosing Fairtrade certified products.