What is the Fairtrade Mark?

The Fairtrade Mark is the globally recognised label that adorns Fairtrade Certified products.

The Fairtrade MarkThe familiar blue and green logo symbolising a farmer in a field, known as the Fairtrade Mark, is a registered trademark owned by Fairtrade International (also known as Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International or FLO). Every time you choose a product carrying the Fairtrade Mark you are making the choice to give a fair go to farmers, workers and their communities in some of the world's poorest countries.

At Fairtrade we work in partnership with these farmers to provide fairer prices, better terms of trade and additional funds for business and community development such as education, healthcare and environmental sustainability. This leads to better working conditions and enhanced investment in quality.

For a product to display the Fairtrade Mark it must meet the international Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards which are set by the certification body Fairtrade International. These standards are agreed through a process of research and consultation with key participants in the Fairtrade scheme, including producers themselves, traders, NGOs, academic institutions and Labelling Initiatives such as Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand.

A key goal of the Fairtrade system is to promote fairness and justice in trade through increased transparency.  Products carrying the Fairtrade Mark are independently certified along the supply chain to ensure they have been sourced according to the Fairtrade Standards.

Farmers, workers and traders in the country of origin are audited by FLO-CERT (a separate international certification company), while traders and licensees in Australia and New Zealand are audited by FLO-CERT or Fairtrade ANZ. This process includes regular reporting of Fairtrade sales and on-site audits. Together these procedures ensure full supply chain transparency and provide assurance to customers that products carrying the Fairtrade Mark are Fairtrade.

All products bearing the Fairtrade Mark contain ingredients that have met strict Fairtrade Standards throughout their supply chain. These Standards are established through consultation with stakeholders across the system, including farmers and workers, traders, NGOs, academics and labelling organisations such as Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand (Fairtrade ANZ).

The Fairtrade Mark can be used on:

  • Products that have been certified and audited as adhering to Fairtrade Standards
  • Promotional materials used to advocate for and promote the purchase of Fairtrade products

The Fairtrade Program Mark is another way of engaging with Fairtrade cocoa, sugar and cotton farmers to sell more of their crops on Fairtrade terms, meaning more Fairtrade benefits for their farms and communities.

Globally, more and more businesses are committing to buying sustainable cocoa, sugar and cotton for use across complete product ranges, or even their entire businesses. Through Fairtrade Sourcing Programs, Fairtrade farmers can sell to these companies who are focused on one or two key commodities, rather than certifying end consumer products. It’s a great way to increase the positive impact of Fairtrade.

Find out more about Fairtrade Sourcing Programs

Commercial use of the Fairtrade Marks are regulated by Fairtrade ANZ.

If you are manufacturing a Fairtrade Certified product and wish to use the Mark you are required to submit your product packaging or promotional material artwork to artwork@fairtrade.com.au