Fair Trade

Fair Trade contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the global south. 

As a movement, fair trade is about more than just trading and fair prices: the movement takes a market-based approach towards empowering local producers. Fair trade organizations promote social justice through fair payments to producers and employees, anti-child labor policies, long-term trading relationships, and environmentally sustainable production methods. 

Consumers yield significant power through their purchase of coffee or bananas or any product bearing the fair trade logo. Buying fair trade products is one small way to advocate for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.

How Oikocredit Invests in Fair Trade

Oikocredit has a strong history in financing fair trade project partners and has been a member of the World Fair Trade Organization for more than 20 years. Fair trade and organic certification ensure that our partners contribute to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions, securing decent work for marginalized producers and workers and promoting environmentally friendly production processes.

Oikocredit supports fair trade organizations through a combination of medium and long term loans, pre-export financing, equity investments, and capacity building. Since 1979, Oikocredit has disbursed more than $60 million to fair trade partners. Our financing helps support 80 fair trade organizations around the world, with investments amounting to about $47 million, including cooperatives in developing countries across Africa, Asia, and especially Latin America.

Partners are predominantly agricultural cooperatives producing coffee, cocoa, nuts, rice, sugar, mango and other food products. More than 100,000 farmers are reached by Oikocredit’s fair trade partners. Oikocredit also invests in fair trade importers and wholesalers of arts-and-crafts and food products in Europe and the United States.

Our Fair Trade Partners

Click on the map to read about Oikocredit Fair Trade Partners worldwide.