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BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK

BAFTS - The British Association for Fair Trade Shops And Suppliers

...is a self-governing body set up in 1995 to try and bring some regulation to Fair Trade shops and suppliers in the UK.

Simply The Best has been a Member of BAFTS since early 2010, and as such has to ensure at least 70% of the goods sold within the shop are FAIRTRADE or supplied by a BAFTS or a WFTO Member.

Why Shop at a BAFTS Fair Trade Shop?

By shopping at a BAFTS retailer you are ensuring that your money is spent on Fair Trade goods. All BAFTS retailers must buy at least 70% of their stock from recognised Fair Trade sources. BAFTS recognises the following sources as Fair Trade: Fairtrade marked products, members of the International Fair Trade Association and BAFTS recognised Importers.

By shopping in a BAFTS shop you will:

  • Get connected with the people behind the products. BAFTS retailers know about where the product came from and who made it.
  • BAFTS retailers are independently owned, which means that each shopping experience will be unique.
  • Ensure the money you spend goes back to supporting the producer, as the BAFTS shop can purchase more Fair Trade goods from those same producers.
  • By shopping at an independent local business you are supporting the local economy.
  • Find out more about Fair Trade and Trade Justice from people who know what they are talking about.
  • Find the biggest selection of Fair Trade products around. See the continuously expanding and improving range of Fair Trade goods- from food to crafts to clothes.

BAFTS’ Broad Aims

  • Shops work on behalf of producers to help them reach the market on the fairest possible terms
  • Producers and retailers can earn a decent, fair living through their work.
  • Our member shops in the UK, supplied by committed importers and wholesalers, have a clear identity and are recognized by consumers.
  • Our members join campaigning initiatives to promote Fair Trade and Trade Justice, and make our producers’ call for social justice and equity heard.

About Fair Trade

Fair Trade in Europe started as a grassroots movement about 40 years ago. The aim was to alleviate poverty in the 'Global South' - Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean - by building direct, sustainable relationships with disadvantaged producers and providing fair access to markets in the developed 'North'. The aims are the same now, but Fair Trade has developed into a powerful force, symbolised by a high level of European co-operation.

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers - especially in the South.

Fair Trade organisations (backed by consumers) are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practices of conventional international trade.

All involved in Fair Trade accept that it has to include: paying fair prices to producers which reflect the true cost of production, supporting producer organisations in their social and environmental projects, promoting gender equality in pay and working conditions, advising on product development to increase access to markets, committing to long term relationships to provide stability and security and campaigning to highlight the unequal system of world trade which places profit above human rights and threatens our environment.

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