« Back to News and Views
« Back to Advocacy, Featured, Key Issues in Fair Trade

Producers Gain Equal Power in Fairtrade International’s Highest Decision Making Body

Fairtrade International (FI, formerly FLO), announced this week that its highest decision-making body, the General Assembly, will now have producers at equal voting power as consumer-country labeling initiatives. The voting power of producer networks significantly increased from 3 out of 24 votes, to 12 out of 24. Although producer networks gained minority ownership of FI in 2006, they never had equal power to rich-country labeling initiatives in a system claiming to exist principally to benefit marginalized producers. With the new rules, producer networks now own half of FI.

Neither of the other widely accepted product certification systems in the US market, namely Fair Trade USA “Fair Trade Certified” and IMO “Fair for Life” certifications, give producers equal power at the highest level of their governance.

More at FI post


Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *