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Fairtrade has been working to alleviate poverty by making trade fair for more than 30 years. Fairtrade changes the way trade works through transparency and integrity; working across global supply chains with small farmers and producers, traders, companies and consumers. The small producers organisations and workers are half owners of the global Fairtrade System, representing half of the Global Board and half of the General Assembly. Sustainable livelihoods, fair prices, safe and decent working conditions, protection from child labour, gender empowerment, environmental protection and climate change adaptation, mitigation, governance and democracy building -- make a fairer deal for more than 1.65 million farmers and workers in developing countries. This enables producers to have more control over their lives, decide how to invest in their future and to build thriving communities.
The Fairtrade Mark, which is displayed on products, shows that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet internationally agreed Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. Products carrying the Fairtrade Mark are independently certified and audited to ensure compliance across these global supply chains.
The Standards include protection of children and workers’ rights, environmental preservation, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price, which is set to the cost of sustainable production, and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in initiatives to support local community development such as potable water, schools, hospitals or business development.