Strategic Fairtrade partners

In addition to our partners in the strategic Fairtrade funding programme, we work with a diverse group of partners on initiatives ranging from support to producers in the South, to setting up Fairtrade marketing organizations in developing countries, to improving the social compliance of supply chains.

Comic relief

Since 2007 Fairtrade has been implementing the Fairtrade for development in Africa project in partnership with Comic Relief.  In this project Fairtrade Africa, Fairtrade Label South Africa (FLSA), the Fairtrade Foundation (UK) and Fairtrade International work together to strengthen Fairtrade in Africa. In addition to contributing to the institutional development of Fairtrade Africa and FLSA, the partnership enables stronger producer services, improved monitoring work and increased demand for Fairtrade products in the UK.

Ethical tea partnership

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and Fairtrade International (FLO) share the goal of improving the lives of tea workers and promoting sustainability in the tea industry. In 2010 ETP and FLO signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining plans to improve agricultural, environmental, labour and social conditions for tea workers, work with stakeholders in the tea sector on sustainability issues and bring Fairtrade to more tea estates and producer organizations.

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)

Fairtrade International works with FES to strengthen work with trade unions in the tea industry in India.

Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst e.V.

Since 2007, Fairtrade International and EED have partnered to bring Fairtrade benefits to more producers in vulnerable areas. Our partnership with EED will continue to support Fairtrade’s work in Asia up to 2013.


Fairtrade International partners with ICCO on several fronts including the Strategic Fairtrade Funding Programme. We also work with ICCO to improve social compliance in the textile supply chain of Fairtrade-certified cotton, and explore opportunities for dual-certification of Fairtrade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forest products.

Irish Aid / Solidaridad

In addition to the Strategic Fairtrade Funding Programme, we partner with Irish Aid and Solidaridad to enhance the capacities of producer organisations in Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador) and East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia). The main emphasis of the partnership is the coffee sector and the support of sustainable production for both Fairtrade and Utz certification schemes.

KfW Development Bank

As part of its Africa Trade Enhancement Programme (ATEP), KfW Development Bank partners with Fairtrade International to improve access to finance for Fairtrade certified producers in Africa. Our work involves a comprehensive survey of the financing needs of Fairtrade-certified producers in Africa focusing on core products and the development of appropriate data management systems to facilitate producer access to financial services.


Our partnership with HIVOS enables Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) to improve market access for low-income, disadvantaged Fairtrade producers through the development of a Quality Management System for Fair Trade. This includes the development and implementation of Charter of Fair Trade Principles, which can be read here in English / Spanish French / German / Slovak / Dutch (PDF)


Fairtrade International liaison officers and SNV local capacity builders work together in eleven African countries, helping small-scale farmers and workers gain access to the Fairtrade system, and maximize the benefits from Fairtrade. The partnership works to develop Fairtrade value chains with high market potential. Across the continent, the combined efforts are leading to tangible improvements in the lives of producers and their communities. Click here to view a short film of our work with SNV. Read more about our partnership here (PDF).


The Certification Capacity Enhancement (CCE) program is a joint pilot program to increase sustainability in West African cocoa producing countries. CCE is a development partnership between Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Utz Certified, as well as private sector representatives, development agencies and other cocoa stakeholders. The pilot phase focuses on developing and testing a common training curriculum covering the main elements of the three standard initiatives, productivity enhancement mechanisms and best agricultural practices.

Fundacion Fortalecer

In Argentina, Fairtrade International and Fundación Fortalecer work to promote sustainable production systems in Fairtrade markets. We plan to work with small-scale raisin and olive oil producers to improve their ability to comply with Fairtrade standards and gain better market access

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