Ways of working with Fairtrade

Fairtrade’s rigorous standards and increased supply chain visibility provide your business with an ethical, trusted and easily communicable way to improve the lives of the farmers and workers you source from.

The Fairtrade Certification Mark is the most recognized ethical label in the world, and the majority of those who recognize it regard it as having positive impact.

More and more, consumers are making the switch to ethically sourced and labelled products. They want to be sure of the legitimacy behind claims, and have transparency into where products are sourced. An easy way to provide this is through trusted, independent, third party certification — Fairtrade.

There are three main ways that your business can get involved with Fairtrade.

I want my products to carry the Fairtrade Mark

If your business owns finished products which you sell on to wholesalers, retailers, distributors, food service companies or directly to the public, you can become a licensee and carry the Fairtrade Mark on your goods.

Hundreds of companies are already licensees with Fairtrade ANZ and proudly showing the Fairtrade Mark on their products.

There are four simple steps to becoming a licensee: 

  1. Go through our licensing toolkit to understand more about being a Fairtrade licensee and to ensure your product can be Fairtrade
  2. Fill out and submit the application form 
  3. Once you have applied, you will be contacted by Fairtrade ANZ
  4. When your application is complete and has been approved, your products will be certified and you will be a Fairtrade ANZ licensee.

I want to sell Fairtrade ingredients to other businesses to use in their products

If you are importing Fairtrade products, but will not be selling the finished product, ready for consumers to purchase, you will need to be certified by Fairtrade International’s partner certification body, FLOCERT.

If you are importing Fairtrade products and will be selling the finished product in the Australian market, you will need to be licensed with Fairtrade Australia New Zealand. See ‘I want my products to carry the Fairtrade Mark'.

None of these options match your needs? Discover more ways to work with Fairtrade, through our Registration System page.  

I am a chocolatier/baker/pastry chef who wants to use Fairtrade Certified chocolate

Fairtrade also caters to those who want to support farmers and workers, but only operate very small businesses. The products of these businesses do not have the Fairtrade Mark.

Becoming a part of the Fairtrade Gourmet Program may be the right option if you are a baker, pastry chef or chocolatier who wishes to support Fairtrade cocoa farmers and you meet the following conditions:

  1. You must have at least one product containing Fairtrade chocolate throughout the year
  2. Would like to use Fairtrade Chocolate without using the Fairtrade Mark on pack
  3. Wish to have access to pre-approved point of sale materials informing customers that you use Fairtrade chocolate.

To find out more about terms and conditions or to apply to become part of the Fairtrade Gourmet Program.  

I am a jeweller who would like to become a Fairtrade Goldsmith 

Becoming a Fairtrade Goldsmith may be the right option if you are a small jeweller who wishes to support artisanal miners by using Fairtrade Gold and you meet the following conditions:

Buy less than 500g of Fairtrade fine gold a year Would like to use Fairtrade Gold without stamping the Fairtrade Mark on the finished product Wish to have access to pre-approved point of sale materials and web banners informing customers that you use Fairtrade gold. Find out more or apply to become a Fairtrade Goldsmith.