Further reading Who we are

FTAO Networks

The FTAO is supported by and cooperates in a number of ways with the members of the Fair Trade movement and external experts.

FTAO Expert Groups

The FTAO has three expert networks on Fair Trade, Fair Trade Public Procurement and Trade Justice. These groups give advice to the FTAO and serve as information exchange networks on relevant advocacy and policy developments. There are also specific project teams which are groups of experts set up for time-limited advocacy.

EU Fair Trade Advocacy Network

The EU Fair Trade Advocacy Network works with members on advocacy in the EU and gives input to and advises the FTAO in designing and setting up campaigns that brings together citizens and Fair Trade actors in the EU to achieve changes in EU and Global policies in support of Fair Trade and Trade Justice.

To see who participated in these groups in 2014 and 2015 please follow our Annual Report 2014-2015.

FTAO Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the body with ultimate responsibility for the FTAO. It oversees the management and gives strategic advice to the FTAO. It meets three or four times a year. Its current members are:

  • Paul Spray (independent Chair)
  • Christian Bruns (independent member) 
  • Marco Coscione (representing Fairtrade International)
  • Barbara Crowther (representing Fairtrade International)
  • Rudi Dalvai (representing the World Fair Trade Organization–Global)
  • Sophie Tack (representing the World Fair Trade Organization – Europe)

Our Founders


Fairtrade International

An umbrella of 28 organisations around the world, including three producer networks representing producers in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, 19 labelling initiatives, six marketing organisations and two applicant members. The members all produce or promote products that carry the Fairtrade Certification Mark and together they are responsible for decision making within Fairtrade International. Half of the members of the Fairtrade International General Assembly represent producers. Together, they develop the Fairtrade labelling model as a tool to secure a better deal for small farmers and workers in the South. Fairtrade International has its headquarters in Germany. www.fairtrade.net


World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)

A global network of organisations representing the Fair Trade supply chain. The WFTO operates in over 70 countries across 5 regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America and the Pacific Rim) with elected global and regional boards representing over 350 organisations committed to 100% Fair Trade. WFTO aims to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers, especially in the South. It strive to change unfair structures of international trade, to improve and coordinate the co-operation of member organisations and to promote the interests of and provide services to the member organisations and individuals. WFTO carries out its mission through campaigning, advocacy, market access and much more. www.wfto.com/


World Fair Trade Organization Europe (WFTO-Europe)

WFTO-Europe is formed around 90 members across 17 European countries, amongst them Fair Trade Organisations, national Fair Trade Networks and Fair Trade Support Organisations. It is the European branch of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO, formerly known as the International Federation for Alternative Trade - IFAT) which counts more than 450 members from 75 countries, mainly in the South. The goals of WFTO-Europe include representing Fair Trade in Europe, supporting Fair Trade policies and supporting the global Fair Trade network. WFTO-Europe carries out its mission through campaigning, policy, advocacy, monitoring, certification and market access. The WFTO-Europe has its office in Belgium. www.wfto-europe.org

FTAO team


Executive Director: Sergi Corbalan        Tel: +32 (0) 2 543 19 23  sd


 Project Coordinator: Fabienne Yver     Tel:+32 (0) 2 543 19 24  sd


Project Coordinator: Peter Möhringer      Tel:+32 (0) 2 543 19 23  sd


Finance & HR Consultant: Michael Fivet Tel: +32 475 51 69 18 fivet@fairtrade-advocacy.org

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Communication Assistant: Angelos Athanasopoulos          Tel:+32 (0) 2 543 19 23  sd


Advocacy Assistant: Farah Altaher                  Tel:+32 (0) 2 543 19 23  sd




Who we are

The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out on behalf of the Fair Trade movement for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International,  the World Fair Trade Organization and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe

The FTAO was born in 2004 when the Fair Trade networks set up an informal advocacy cooperation mechanism. In December 2010, the Fair Trade networks formalised their commitment and set up the FTAO as a legally-independent foundation “Fair Trade Advocacy Office” with a clear mandate to advocate for EU policies in support of Fair Trade and Trade Justice and to strengthen the FTAO and the Fair Trade networks and their members’ capacities to interact and have an on-going dialogue with the EU Institutions. The FTAO Secretariat is based in Brussels.

Our Founders


FTAO Board of Directors

FTAO Networks

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