10 May 2022

Celebrating 25 years of Fairtrade International

The world looked very different in 1998, when Fairtrade International was created. And yet, our drive for fairness remains a constant.

As a leader in the global movement to make trade fair, we keep supporting - and challenging - businesses and governments, plus connecting farmers and workers with the people who buy their products.

25 years later, and leading to World Fair Trade Day, we invite you to take a little nostalgia-trip with us to look back at some fun facts across the past years. From the first standard to the first time, we had a webpage up!

Laurence Tanty (NFO representative)

1997: Julie Pereira is our first CEO. Our employee count is five.

1998: Our first standard is created! It's for cocoa!

2000: Fairtrade International hits the World Wide Web!

2002: We launch a new Fairtrade Certification Mark - the one that is still used today!

2007: We have our first licensee at Fairtrade International, for Tea and Cashew nuts!

2012: We reach 50 employees!

2015: Our climate standard becomes applicable after 2 intense years of work!

2016: First banana costumes ordered!

2017: First dog is officially allowed at the office!

2022: Today we have 84 employees, 230 licensees, and 36 standards in total.

The story continues. Stay tuned!