What we do

We empower millions of farmers and workers around the world by tackling poverty and poor working conditions, as well as conserving the environment. It’s hope for a better future by making trade fair. 

How Fairtrade works | Te tikanga mahi a te Fairtrade

The Fairtrade Minimum Price

This is about providing a safety net for the small-scale farmers. Many sectors often force a farmer to sell below the cost of production, perpetuating a cycle of poverty and inequality. That’s where Fairtrade certification comes in – ensuring producers receive a Fairtrade Minimum Price which acts as a safeguard against falling prices, allowing farmers and workers to plan for their future. Furthermore, if the market price increases, they’re able to reap (and keep) the rewards. 


Ko te tikanga hoki o tēnei, ko te whakawhiwhi i tētahi haumarutanga mā ngā kaiahuwhenua ririki. He nui ngā rāngai mahi e whakahau ana i te kaiahuwhenua ki te hoko i āna rawa i raro ake i te utu o te whakatipu, otirā he whakapūmau i te porowhita o te rawakore me te tōritenga-kore. I konei ka kitea te hua o te whakatiwhikete Fairtrade – e whakarite ana kia whiwhi ngā kaiwhakaputa i te Utunga Mōkito a Fairtrade e noho ana hei haumarutanga i te hekenga o ngā utu, kia wātea ai ngā kaiahuwhenua me ngā kaimahi ki te whakarite mō te anamata. Tapiri atu, ki te piki te utu mākete, ka whiwhi rātou (ka pupuri hoki) i ngā hua.

The Fairtrade Premium

The Fairtrade Premium is a fixed additional amount of money that provides farmers and workers with the capacity to invest in improving the quality of their businesses and communities. They decide democratically how to use the money for their community or economic benefit, or even to improve the environment around them. This could be a well or a hospital, better farming equipment or even training and investment to help them switch to organic farming.


Ko te Utu Tōrunnga a Fairtrade he moni tāpiri pūmau e whakawhiwhi ana ki ngā kaiahuwhenua me ngā kaimahi te āheinga ki te haumi ki te whakapai ake i te kounga o ā rātou pakihi me ā rātou hapori. Ka whakatau ā-manapori rātou me pēhea te whakapau i te moni hei painga mō ā rātou hapori, ōhanga rānei, hei whakapai ake rānei i te taiao. Ākene pea he puna wai, he hōhipera rānei, ngā taputapu ahuwhenua pai ake, te whakangungu, te haumi rānei hei āwhina i a rātou ki te huri ki te mahi ahuwhenua parakore.

The Fairtrade Standards

The Fairtrade Standards are the cornerstone of Fairtrade. The Fairtrade Standards instill fair terms of trade between farmers and buyers, protect workers’ rights, and are the framework for producers to build thriving farms and organisations.

Read more about The Fairtrade Standards here.


Ka noho Ngā Paerewa a Fairtrade hei poutokomanawa o te Fairtrade. Ka whakaū Ngā Paerewa a Fairtrade i ngā tikanga tōkeke i waenga i ngā kaiahuwhenua me ngā kaihoko, he tiaki i ngā mōtika kaimahi, ā, ka noho hei anga mā ngā kaiwhakaputa ki te hanga i ngā pāmu me ngā whakahaere haumako.

Pānuitia ētahi atu kōrero mō Ngā Paerewa a Fairtrade ki konei.

Fairtrade is 50 percent owned by producers

Fairtrade works with a range of stakeholders, but our global system is 50 percent owned by producers representing farmer and worker organisations. With an equal voice, producers have a say in decision-making within our General Assembly and on Fairtrade International’s Board of Directors. Through the Board and its committees, they are involved in decisions on overall strategy, use of resources and setting prices, premiums and standards.


Ka mahi tahi a Fairtrade me te whānuitanga o ngā kaiwhaipānga, engari ko tā mātou pūnaha ā-ao e puritia ana te 50% e ngā kaiwhakaputa, e whakakanohi ana i ngā whakahaere pāmu, kaimahi hoki. Nā te whai reo ōrite, ka whai reo tonu ngā kaiwhakaputa i ngā whakataunga take i roto i tā mātou Huihuinga Matua, me te Poari ā-Ao o Fairtrade. Mā roto i te Poari me āna komiti, ka whai wāhi rātou ki ngā whakatau e pā ana ki te rautaki whānui, te whakamahinga rauemi, te whakatau i ngā utu, ngā tāpiritanga me ngā paerewa.

Fairtrade works to combat serious global issues

Many of the world’s most serious issues share a single root cause – extreme poverty. The Fairtrade Minimum Price, Premium and Standards are designed to tackle this so that farmers and workers have reliable and sustainable incomes, and the power to make their own choices.

Where does Fairtrade work?

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