If you feel that the world of Fair Trade has its very own language – don’t fret! We’ll keep you in the know!


With this glossary we’ll guide you through the common technical terms used by FLOCERT, Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).


Learn about the wor(l)ds of Fair Trade below!

Fair Trade organization (FTO)

A Fair Trade organization, also called an alternative trade organization (ATO), has Fair Trade as part of its mission and at the core of its objectives and activities. Fair Trade organizations follow the Fair Trade principles. They are actively engaged in supporting producers, trading, raising awareness of Fair Trade issues and advocating the integration of Fair Trade principles into all international trade practices.

Examples of alternative trade organizations are Asha Handicrafts Association (India), Undugu Fair Trade Limited (Kenya), Level Ground Trading Ltd (North America and Pacific Rim), CIAP-Intercrafts Peru SAC, Pachacuti, Oxfam and Traidcraft (Europe).

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