What is Fair Trade?

Not all trade is fair! Farmers and workers at the beginning of the chain don’t always get a fair share of the benefits of trade. Fair Trade enables consumers to put this right. 
The term Fair Trade defines a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in developing countries.
 
Fair Trade is more than just trading: it proves that greater justice in world trade is possible. Fair Trade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping.
 
In order to distinguish Fair Trade products from conventional ones, different Fair Trade Labels was developed. Also there are several Fair Trade organizations worldwide. Fairtrade International grants licences for the FAIRTRADE certification mark. This mark is on most of Fair Trade products offered in the Baltic countries.
 
FAIRTRADE mark is used to mark Fair Trade products worldwide since 2002. The FAIRTRADE Mark certifies that products meet the social, economic and environmental standards set by Fairtrade. The Standards are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade.