Basic principles of Fair Trade

  • Create opportunities for small producers in economic and social disadvantage, democratically organized.
  • Stablish and maintain solidary, stable and long-term commercial relations, based in dialogue and respect between producers, buyers and consumers. All involved commercial players must respect the principles of democracy, transparency and accountability.
  • Pay a fair price (agreed between the players through responsible and participative dialogue that covers productions costs, decent remuneration and that it can be sustained by the market) to producers’ organizations and to producers; a social bonus (for community investment) and a pre-funding (minimum a 50% of the value of the final request) to guarantee the business sustainability.
  • At the center of the economic relation there are human beings not profit maximization.
  • Absolute rejection of child exploitation and forced labor.
  • Non-discrimination based on race, class, nationality, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, HIV/AIDS, age or any other reason.
  • Guarantee freedom of association and a safe and healthy work environment for the employees and/or members, as well as decent working conditions. Dignify work.
  • Promote capacities and skills development, specially, of the most disadvantaged and most vulnerable: young people, women, elderly, disabled people, among other marginalized groups.
  • Involved players in fair trade relations also actively promote principles and values of fair trade at a local, continental and international level.
  • Practice and defend environmental sustainability in all the levels of the commercial chain.