1. Kongress "Fairtrade im Handel" in Berlin

Recent years have clearly shown that the consumers' choice focuses more and more on ethical and ecological implications of a product. Lately Fairtrade has gained record growth in the German market. Sustainability is no niche topic any longer.
Fairtrade empowers farmers and workers to make trade fair. Our tools for a change are the Fairtrade standards. They provide a framework for social, ecological and economic development of producer organisations and require the payment of sustainable prices and an additional premium for community projects. Meanwhile around 1.5 million farmers and workers benefit from improved working conditions and sustainable production practices. Fairtrade is unique. Producers are also owners of the system with 50 percent of the vote in the General Assembly, and they are represented strongly on the Board of Fairtrade International and its sub-committees. Hence, producers are active stakeholders of fair trade, not „beneficiaries of aid“.
Despite the rapid growth there is a huge gap across all relevant product ranges when it comes to comprehensive sustainable and fair production. Fairtrade alone is not able to close this gap. Therefore the discourse with the relevant industries, policy makers, civil society, and consumers is vital. Here Fairtrade is a driving force for change adding development and lifestyle issues to the public agenda.

Further informationwww.fairtrade-deutschland.de