What is Fair Trade

Fair Trade is about producers being paid a fairer income than exists without fair trade. It’s also about better working conditions and better terms of trade.  It supports development of communities allowing people to have access to services that we consider basic, such as medical facilities, schooling for children, a source of clean water and electricity.

Fair trade allows people to have a dignified way of helping themselves.  It’s about people using their skills and talents to grow or make something that we want.  It allows people to earn their own living and also to preserve traditional crafts and skills, which would otherwise be lost.  


Many of the craft items the shop sells are verified by the WFTO, The World Fair Trade Organization, which is the global community of Fair Trade Enterprises. Founded in 1989, it has over 400 members across 70 countries. The membership includes over 330 Fair Trade Enterprises, as well as the broader movement of 70 organisations and networks that support them. The WFTO verifies the commitment of its members to Fair Trade through peer reviews and independent audits. Justicia is a member of BAFTS, the British Association of Shops and Suppliers, which is a member of the WFTO.

More information can be found about the WFTO at https://wfto.com

On the WFTO website you can find details of the 10 principles of fair trade but here we print a simplified easy reference version.

10 Principles of Fair Trade:

  1. Opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers
  2. Transparency and accountability
  3. Fair Trading Practices
  4. Payment of a fair price
  5. No child or forced labour
  6. Non-Discrimination and gender equality
  7. Good working conditions
  8. Capacity building
  9. Promoting Fair Trade
  10. Respect for the environment