About Fairtrade and Fair Trade
BAFTS’ members sell a range of fairly-traded goods, which come from three different and distinct fair trade channels.
1. The FLO (FAIRTRADE) Mark
2. WFTO members
3. BAFTS’ supplier members
1. According to the Fairtrade Foundation in 2013, 89% of the British public recognised the FLO (FAIRTRADE) Mark. Fairtrade (one word) relates specifically to products certified with this Mark, which tends to relate to commodities such as tea, coffee, bananas, sugar, cotton, rice, flowers, cocoa and chocolate and products containing these ingredients.
2. WFTO’s mission statement is as follows:
“WFTO’s mission is to enable producers to improve their livelihoods and communities through Fair Trade. WFTO is the global network and advocate for Fair Trade, ensuring producer voices are heard. The interest of producers, especially small farmers and artisans, is the main focus in all the policies, governance, structures and decision making within the WFTO.”
WFTO is the home of fair traders: producers, marketers, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers that demonstrate 100% commitment to Fair Trade and apply the 10 WFTO Principles of Fair Trade in their daily operations. Approximately 65% of WFTO Members Are Based In The South (That Is: Asia, The Middle East, Africa And South America). The works and achievements of its members make WFTO a global authority on Fair Trade and a guardian of Fair Trade values and principles. BAFTS is recognised by WFTO as a national network organisation in the UK.
In 2013, WFTO members approved the inception of a Guarantee system which covers all aspects of the fair trade supply chain. This system aims to be a trustworthy Fair Trade recognition system predominantly for handicrafts.
3. BAFTS’ supplier members are required to adhere to the Ten Principles of Fair Trade. Members are approved via a process of peer review and, throughout their membership, have to demonstrate ongoing improvements in their support for producers. BAFTS suppliers work with small-scale producers across Asia, Africa and Latin America in groups ranging from 2 -3 weavers to larger concerns which employ up to 200 workers. These skilled artisans work with a huge range of materials including: soapstone, wood, ceramic, glass, mosaic, sawdust, papier mache, recycled metal, wire, tin, iron, steel, aluminium, fabric, crochet, knitting, weaving, appliqué, silversmithing, beaded jewellery from glass, paper, wood, metal, shell. They make products as diverse as: Toys, Furniture, Ornaments, Clothing, Bags, Scarves, Jewellery, Homewares, Cards and Wrapping Paper, Kitchenware, Gifts, Christmas decorations.
BAFTS’ suppliers work with small producer groups in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Palestine, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Rwanda, Mali, Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, Malawi, Madagascar, Senegal, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti and Mexico.