Fair Trade Forum - India (FTF-I) is the national network for Fair Trade in India that enables more than 100000 grassroots level Fair Trade producers including artisans & farmers to improve their businesses through greater engagement with the Fair Trade. Majority of them are from the rural areas. FTF-I represents WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation), the global network for Fair Trade, in India. FTF-I also promotes sustainable consumption and fair services with special emphasis on developing domestic market for Fair Trade in India.
At present FTF-I has 102 members, which include mainly organisations either producing or marketing (or both) as well as individual associate members. We also have certification and business support organisations in our membership. The organisations which produce and market includes those who deals with handicrafts and agri-based products. There are providers of Fair Services like 'Fair Tourism' as well. The list of members are as follows:-
WFTO prescribes 10 Principles that Fair Trade Organizations must follow in their day-to-day work and carries out monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld:
Principle One: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
Poverty reduction through trade forms a key part of the organization's aims. The organization supports marginalized small producers, whether these are independent family businesses, or grouped in associations or co-operatives. It seeks to enable them to move from income insecurity and poverty to economic self-sufficiency and ownership. The organization has a plan of action to carry this out.
Fair Trade is “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 the South.” Fair Trade is the alternative mode of trade, which aims to extend sustainable livelihood to the less privileged people living in developing and under developed countries.
WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) is the global network Fair Trade. The Secretariat of WFTO is situated at Culemborg, The Netherlands. For more details, logo on to www.wfto.com
WFTO Asia is the regional network for Fair Trade, which situated in Manila, Philippines. For more details log on to www.wfto-asia.com