Ethical Trade Ethical Trade

What are FTAO´s views?

The Fair Trade movement welcomes the growth of initiatives in the ethical trade area and the growing number of economic operators engaged in ethical trade, yet considers it is important that producers and consumers are given the right information to distinguish between these schemes.

There is no guarantee that a “new standard” (even if adopted by governments) is going to address this issue. Regulation would imply a high risk of watering down the Fair Trade standars, as laid down by the Charter of Fair Trade principles. The view that was confirmed by the European Commission in its Communication of 5 May 2010.

As a follow-up to the Ethical Trade Fact Finding Process, it should be ensured are “ethical claims” are substantiated by a robust and credible system (such as the system developed by the ISEAL Alliance and its credibility principles). 

Ethical Trade

Ethical Trade refers to business practices that promote more socially and/or environmentally responsible trade. Recent years have seen the creation of a number of consumer-assurance schemes.

In order to identify solution to build consumer confidence in purchasing ethically traded products and services, an Ethical Trade Fact Finding Process (ETFFP) was set up in 2007. It was led by a Steering Group consisting of Consumers International, the French National Standards Body AFNOR, the Brazilian National Standards Body ABNT, the ISEAL Alliance and the Fair Trade organisations Fairtrade International and WFTO (Fair Trade Advocacy Office), with the Secretary of ISO COPOLCO as an observer. 


What are FTAO´s views?

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