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Fair Trade as an example of best-practice

In 2020, Fair Trade celebrates its 50th anniversary in Germany.

Over all these years, Fair Trade companies have gathered great insight into making supply chains economically, socially and ecologically sustainable.

Complying with human rights conventions and securing the maximum possible transparency along supply chains have been essential elements of Fair Trade criteria from the very beginning.

Transparency along the supply chain

In Fair Trade a series of instruments serve to guarantee and monitor compliance with Fair Trade criteria along the supply chain. Transparency is of utmost importance here. Introduced in 2013, the guarantee system used by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) also works towards documenting and disclosing the supply chain as exhaustively as possible. Since then 240 Fair Trade organisations wordwide have adopted the new guarantee system (see Website of WFTO for more).

Nina Labode

If problems occur in our supply chain, we talk to our partners and try to find a solution together. 

Nina Labode, El Puente (Fair Trade Enterprise in Germany)

Interview with Nina Labode on the supply chain act (in german)



Limits and challenges

But how does that work in practice? One thing is clear: depending on the product and the intricacies of the supply chain, matters can get tricky. Fair Trade operators are pushed to the limits of their capacities. This is not least because Fair Trade operates in a global economic system that fundamentally relies on exploitation. Within such parameters, many companies enjoy competitive advantages by violating human rights and disregarding environmental standards. 

Katharina Ladleif

Companies like MELAWEAR that already produce sustainably are currently being economically punished. 

Katharina Ladleif, MELAWEAR (Fair Trade Company in Germany)

Interview with Katharina Ladleif on the supply chain act (in german)

Those committed to Fair Trade cannot resolve these challenges by themselves. It requires the commitment of all economic actors to collectively establish minimum standards worldwide. And it is precisely for this reason that a supply chain law is needed. 

Robert Weber

With the supply chain act we would finally have an instrument to solve the problem industry-wide.

Robert Weber, Bad Boyz (Fair Trade enterprise)

Interview with Robert Weber on the supply chain ect (in german)

Contact person

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Maja Volland
Tel. 030 - 280 45 349