Facts about fair trade


US$ spent on Fair Trade products

Globally, this year

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A small but growing market

The annual sales of Fairtrade certified products amounted to 6.6 billion US dollars in 2011. Compared to non-Fairtrade products this is not a lot, but Fairtrade is growing fast - almost by 40 percent every year in the past 5 years.


Fair Trade

As the name says, Fairtrade seeks fair play in international trade. The aim of Fairtrade is to offer better terms of trade to local producers and workers, and thereby help to build local communities.


A concept for good

Fairtrade is not only used to set minimum social and environmental standards in production and trade. Fairtrade also supports the development of small-scale farmers and plantation workers in need of help.

Fair trade products sold

Fairtrade International (FLO), the dominant certifier of Fair Trade products worldwide, released retail sales data by consumer country and product for 2011. Tens of millions of consumers in over 120 countries spent around $6.6 billion in 2011, an increase of 12% over 2010. Growth in the UK was 12%, in the U.S. around 10%, in Canada 3%.

A small but growing market

Fair Trade

A concept for good

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