The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS) is an association of members in four 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.
BAFTS seeks to create a vibrant network of members, so that we are better able to contribute towards the building of greater justice and equity in the world. The association and its members support campaigns that increase awareness and understanding of the needs of producer workers and of their rights. Here’s what some of them say about the value of their membership:
Myakka is proud to have been recognised as a Direct Sourcing Retailer (DSR) member of BAFTS since 2006. The network of support enjoyed between like-minded organisations is invaluable to us.
Having an independent shop can sometimes feel quite isolating, but knowing that you are part of a like minded community gives a wealth of support and strength with many opportunities to network.
You can stay well informed of new suppliers and the stories behind the products which in turn gives your customers confidence in you as a truly ethical business.
It gives a well-established and known accreditation for our business. It gives new customers the assurance that they are ordering from a business with this endorsement.
BAFTS membership helps me back up my claims to fair trade, so that when customers ask me what fair trade means, I can show them something concrete. It also gives me a sense of being part of a wider community of retailers who are working towards a fairer world.
How to Join Us
Thank you for your interest in The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers. If your organisation is based in the UK you can apply to become a member of BAFTS if you satisfy our membership criteria. We usually only accept applications if you have been trading for at least one year.
BAFTS full membership comes in three categories – Shops, Suppliers and Direct Sourcing Retailers. Once our Applications Panel has assessed your application form we will decide which is the most appropriate category for you. The distinctions depend on whether you sell retail or wholesale and whether you import the goods you sell directly, or buy from UK based wholesalers.
From 1.7.2017 following a resolution at our 2017 AGM in May, annual fees increased as below and remain the same for 2018/2019:
Members with a turnover of up to £249,999 – 0.18% of turnover
Members with a turnover between £250,000 and £299,999 will be charged a flat fee of £450.
Members with turnover £300,000 and over retain the 0.15% fee
The maximum fee is increased to £1525 per year
The minimum fee is increased to £40 per year
At the BAFTS’ 2018 AGM held on 21st May 2018, it was resolved to replace the current member benefits system from suppliers to shops with a simpler system, and to add the strap line “Fair Trade Network UK” to our name.
Full shop members are retailers who (from 1.6.2017) sell at least 60% of their goods from certified Fair Trade sources,
which we categorise as: Fairtrade (FLO) marked goods, goods sourced from WFTO or BAFTS members, goods approved by Goodweave, Fair For Life, and from WFTO network members working in the Global South. You can find a list of the latter group by going to the WFTO website, under Suppliers, typing in “Fair Trade networks” and identifying those in the Global South.
Associate members are retailers (ONLY) who source at least 50% of their goods from these sources. Associate members pay the same fees as full members and have the same right to use the BAFTS logo but do not have the right to vote at the AGM.
Direct Sourcing Retailers sell only to the general public but they import some or all of the goods they sell from the developing world.
Suppliers wholesale some or all of the goods they sell and import from the developing world. Membership is based on your organisation’s commitment to the Ten Principles of Fair Trade so you will be asked to give detailed explanations of how you and the people who produce your goods adhere to these principles.
Download the application form here BAFTS-NEW APPLICATION FORM 2018
We know all businesses are different, and this is particularly true of fair trade businesses, and one size doesn’t fit all, so please ask to speak to Martin Mikhail New Applications Coordinator to talk this through, if you’re not sure which category you fall into, or would like to discuss your specific situation. You can send completed forms and enquiries to this email address: email@example.com