The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS) is an association of members in three membership categories who, although independent, unite in a core purpose which is to bring about fundamental changes in the status of developing world producers through Fair Trade retailing and campaigning. Fair Trade shops and suppliers promote social justice for the producers of the goods they sell. Our members work together to create an alternative model to conventional international trade; a model in which human rights are at the top of our agenda.
With over 130 members there is always something going on in different parts of the country. BAFTS is proud to have members the length and breadth of the UK. Whilst our main networking events revolve around the Annual Conference and AGM (held this year on 18-19 May at RISC, Reading) and BAFTS’ week which is usually the last full week in September, we are also keen for members to meet regionally whenever possible. We have already had several successful Regional Meetings in Melbourne, Garstang, and Durham.
WFTO (The World Fair Trade Organisation) prescribes 10 Principles that Fair Trade Organisations must follow in their day-to-day work and carries out monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld:
1: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
2: Transparency and Accountability
3: Fair Trading Practices
4: Payment of a Fair Price
5: Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
6: Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association
7: Ensuring Good Working Conditions
8: Providing Capacity Building
9: Promoting Fair Trade
10: Respect for the Environment