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.

We have come a long way, and we have an ambitious vision and know that there is always going to be more that we can and should do in order to further our impact, particularly in vulnerable and hard to reach areas.

Insight from Fairtrade staff in the field and external experts highlights the areas that can improve in to deliver greater impact for our Fairtrade certified farmer and worker organizations. These areas include (but are not limited to) expediting our work on including a living wage in the Fairtrade Standards, extending our work to cover farm workers, furthering the empowerment of female farmers and workers, leveling the power balance in supply chains and working with communities to create strong resilience to climate change. We acknowledge these challenges, and are taking steps to progress our response to them in future strategies.

Fairtrade is committed to the internal communications of MEL processes and results, and utilizing the findings to influence planning, strategy and decision-making. The analysis of our monitoring data and results from evaluation are shared with key Fairtrade governance bodies, and used to contribute to the processes for planning and setting the standards.

The Fairtrade governance bodies regularly review the evaluations and key result summaries. Results of our evaluations are shared with staff in the Fairtrade system, as well as being made publicly available. Fairtrade International policy ensures that all evaluation processes include distribution, feedback and learning opportunities for results shared with stakeholders, and that the results form the basis of continued discussion of recommendations and findings.

Through this transparency, we hope to better serve the farmers and workers.