Fairtrade Partners

To carry out our mission, we work with a diverse group of partners on initiatives ranging from support for producers, to setting up Fairtrade marketing organizations in emerging economies, to addressing gender issues and ensuring that farmers and workers benefit from international supply chains.

Below is a list of some of the entities we have partnered with.

Agence Française de Developpement (AFD)

Under a project financed by French Development agency (AFD), the African Association of Cotton Producers (AProCA), an execution institution, and implementation partners like Fairtrade International, Max Havelaar France and Helvetas, worked together to assist West African cotton producers to improve their competitiveness and access to markets.

Brot für die Welt

Since 2007, Fairtrade International and Brot für die Welt have partnered to bring Fairtrade benefits to producers. Our partnership with Brot für die Welt supports Fairtrade’s work in Asia. Brot für die Welt also contributed to the development of the Fairtrade Climate Standard.

Comic Relief

Fairtrade implemented 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 worked together to strengthen Fairtrade’s approach in Africa. In addition to supporting institutional development in Fairtrade Africa and FLSA, the partnership enabled stronger producer services, improved monitoring work, and increased demand for Fairtrade products in the UK. Comic Relief is now supporting Fairtrade's work with artisanal small-scale mining organizations in Africa. 

Deutsche Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

DEG and FLOCERT are supporting the establishment of a Fairtrade Marketing Organization in the Philippines to ensure access to Fairtrade products in country as well as supporting Filipino producer organisations to become Fairtrade certified.

Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)

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

European Commission (EC)

The EC supports Fairtrade by contributing to create a dialogue between European Union (EU) citizens, decision-makers and the Fair Trade movement in various EU countries. Local fair trade organizations in seven European countries were partners of the programme and undertook lobbying and advocacy work in favour of Fairtrade in their respective countries. Fairtrade has now signed a Framework Partnership Agreement with the EC covering the period 2016-2020.

Fundación Fortalecer

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

German Development Bank (KfW)

KfW, the German Development Bank together with Incofin and Grameen Foundation and Fairtrade International work jointly to improve access to finance for Fairtrade certified producers through the Fairtrade Access Fund.

German International Development Cooperation (GIZ)

Fairtrade collaborated with GIZ to provide certification advice to cocoa farmers in Liberia. GIZ is also supporting the Fairtrade Textile Standard and Programme.

German Initiative for Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO)

As a member of the German Initiative for Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO) along with other certification schemes and NGOs, manufacturing and retail industry partners, and the German government, Fairtrade works to build a more sustainable cocoa value chain.


Our partnership with HIVOS enabled 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 partnered with ICCO on several fronts including the Strategic Fairtrade Funding Programme (2010-2013). We also worked with ICCO to improve social compliance in the textile supply chain, and to explore opportunities for dual-certification of Fairtrade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forest products. ICCO also supported the development of the Fairtrade Climate Standard.

Irish Aid / Solidaridad

Fairtrade partnered with Irish Aid and Solidaridad to enhance the capacities of producer organizations in Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador) and East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia). The main emphasis of the partnership was focused on the coffee sector supporting sustainable production for both Fairtrade and Utz certified producers.

International Trade Centre

Following a successful joint pilot project in Ghana supporting cocoa producers to diversify their livelihoods through yam, we have agreed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the International Trade Centre.


The German hypermarket chain supported climate change adaptation and irrigation projects with banana producers in Peru.

Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG

Fairtrade International partners with Lidl and small-scale coffee farmers in Peru and Mexico to build the producers capacity and resilience to the adverse effects of climate change and improve their livelihoods. Click here to see a film chronicling the work https://vimeo.com/75468496


Fairtrade local staff and SNV local capacity builders worked together in 11 African countries, helping small-scale farmers and workers gain access to the Fairtrade system, and maximize the benefits of international trade. The partnership worked 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).

Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

SECO has supported Fairtrade International since 2008 in the framework of the Strategic Funding Consortium alongside DFID, IrishAid, ICCO and NORAD. SECO then extended its funding to Fairtrade International to 2015, in particular assisting us in developing new markets and in the ongoing work on Fairtrade gold.

UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)

DFID provided longer-term funding for selected civil society organisations through its Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPAs). Fairtrade International received PPA funding for 2011-2016, supporting our work on gender, prevention of child labour, workers’ rights, producer organisation’s development, MEL, value for money and institutional development of our producer networks.



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