Originally British Association for Fair Trade Shops & Suppliers (BAFTS) was a membership organisation mainly for handicrafts’ shops selling fair trade goods. Now they incorporate organisations which sell fairly traded goods, whether on a wholesale or retail basis. Their members work to bring about changes in the status of developing world producers through Fair Trade retailing and campaigning. They offer advice to, and provide a community for, fair trade shops and suppliers, sharing ideas and best practices.
What it means
BAFTS is a network of shops & suppliers dedicated to promoting fair trade retail in the UK. BAFTS is a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) & a supporter member of Social Enterprise UK. WFTO prescribes a number of principals that Fair Trade Organisations must follow in their day-to-day work & carries out monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld.