The impact of our work

The Fairtrade system works to empower small-scale farmers and workers marginalized by trade.

Beyond certifying Fairtrade products and setting Standards, we also offer direct and indirect support so that producers and their organizations can increase their social and environmental sustainability.

Fairtrade’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) program doesn’t just support internal learning and improvement.

It also helps to provide an evidence base for measuring our impact, based on Fairtrade’s ‘Theory of Change’, making sure we have the right data and information on what difference Fairtrade makes and how.

It is in this way that you know that the FAIRTRADE Mark represents a lasting commitment to making trade work for the most vulnerable producers.

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    The difference that Fairtrade makes

    Impact evaluations show that Fairtrade certification can make a meaningful difference to farmers and workers in developing countries.

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    Our theory of change

    A “Theory of Change” is a framework that outlines the long-term change that an organization or group would like see happen as well as how they contribute that change.

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    Measuring and monitoring Fairtrade impact

    The stringent Fairtrade Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) program supports ongoing education and continuous improvement.

  • Where Fairtrade needs to do more

    The Fairtrade system is constantly evolving, and we are committed to continuous improvement to increase impact for producers in developing countries.

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    Impact research and evaluation studies

    Fairtrade is committed to understanding and developing our impact, and therefore commissions two or three impact and outcome evaluations a year on the Fairtrade benefits for farmers and workers.