About the Fair Trade Association

The Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand (Fair Trade Association) is a member driven not-for-profit organisation. Our members support the global Fair Trade Movement seeking to challenge conventional trade by placing fairness in prices and wages, improved market access, and poverty alleviation at the core of international trade practices, both in our region and beyond.

Our members include businesses promoting and showcasing products from around the world all ensuring fair wages and fair working conditions.

We engage with and support local efforts to promote our growing network of endorsed Fair Trade Communities: councils, universities, workplaces, faith groups and schools who have demonstrated their commitment to Fair Trade.

We are network members of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) global founders of the 10 Principles of Fair Trade, and manage our own endorsement system, Fair Traders of Australia, which assures Fair Trade is implemented in the supply chain and practices of the organization. We also recognise products showing the Fairtrade Mark (managed by Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand). 

The Fair Trade Association is the peak agency supporting the growth of Fair Trade in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. 

Our passion for change is inspired by our Purpose. 

To lead and grow the Fair Trade Movement to create a more just and equitable world.

Our everyday work of the Association is guided by our Mission.

As the regional representative body for the Fair Trade Movement, we work with businesses, community groups, and individuals to alleviate poverty amongst producers, their families and communities through sustainable fair trade practice by:

  • being the authentic voice of fair trade and a guardian of the 10 Principles of Fair Trade, committed to tackling poverty and injustice through trade
  • delivering market access of fair trade products and services through co-ordination and support in campaigning, education, policy, advocacy, endorsement and monitoring.
  • bringing together all parties interested in fair trade in a citizen’s movement for change
  • being recognised as the Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific’s leading authority on fair trade.

Our Vision

The Fair Trade Association is a non-profit organisation that seeks to bring together all interested parties in Australia and New Zealand to foster a common understanding of Fair Trade: ensuring a better deal for producers marginalised and disadvantaged through current international trade practices and rules.

We aim to support disadvantaged producers worldwide with a focus on the Asian-Pacific region to access Australian and New Zealand markets under Fair Trade conditions. The Association aims to coordinate efforts to raise awareness and promote Fair Trade to the extent that Fair Trade alternatives are widely available and understood by consumers. These aims will be achieved through awareness-raising, promotional and educational programs; fundraising; research; supporting the FLO and WFTO global Fair Trade Systems and members seeking to work within these systems; and by supporting our trade members in accessing Fair Trade information and providing direct links with producers.

Meet the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is made up of professionals with extensive experience in the Fair Trade space. They are passionate about ethical consumerism and improving the lives of the people around them. They meet regularly to discuss the direction and goals of the Fair Trade Association.

Fair Trade Association Reports

In order to maintain transparency, the Fair Trade Association publishes it's Annual and Financial reports. If you would like to know more about our progress, you can download reports by clicking on the link below. Feel free to get in touch about anything in these reports using our general contact.

Contact the Fair Trade Association

Contact the Fair Trade Association via email for information about the Fair Trade Movement, media inquiries or about one of our projects.

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