|23 June 2014|
There are two steps to
becoming a full WFTO member: provisional and registered. Members must pass
through both steps in order to promote their membership of the WFTO and use the
The second step is to become a member. All WFTO members are obliged to pass through our monitoring process. This requires a thorough Self Assessment Report (SAR) against the 10 principles of Fair Trade every two years. You may submit your first self-assessment report as soon as you have paid your first membership fees. These reports are then reviewed and accepted. After acceptance of your SAR, you can either choose to undergo a peer visit to prepare for the monitoring audit or choose to plan an audit right away. We recommend planning a peer visit first if you do not have experience with external audits. After we have received a positive result from the auditor a recommendation for approval as WFTO Guaranteed Organization is made. After approval by the board, you will be a guaranteed member of the WFTO.
As a global association bringing together players in the Fair Trade movement both large and small, WFTO is active in many parts of the world.
We encourage regional and country networks of WFTO members that work together to strengthen the movement in their part of the world.
Your ideas, experiences and knowledge, are all the things that make WFTO the dynamic and ever-growing association that we are. Come and join us!
WFTO is a growing network of over 350 members in 70 countries. Click here to learn what some of our members say about what WFTO means to them and click here to read about the benefits of joining WFTO.
WFTO is primarily an English-language association. However, key documents and communication are translated into Spanish.
All applicants pay a one time Application Fee to the respective regional branches.
Once approved, all WFTO members pay an annual subscription fee to both WFTO Secretariat and the Regional Branches. This annual fee is determined by the size of your annual turnover.
The costs for peer visits and monitoring audits are also paid by the member.
No. You need to pass through the full cycle of the WFTO Guarantee System in order to be authorised to use the WFTO Product Label. To learn more, please read the WFTO Guarantee System .
All members are requried to:
The WFTO Secretariat endeavours to process your application as quickly as possible. As long as you have sent in all the information that we require in order to process your application, and your referees respond to our requests for a reference in good time, the whole process can take about 3 months.
However, sometimes the process can take longer due to delays from referees, or if there is outstanding information required from you.
Obtaining references is a major bottleneck and can significantly slow down the application process. To speed up the process, we kindly ask you to get in contact with your referees when — or before – you submit your application. That way, they know what is expected from them.
In all cases the Secretariat will keep you informed as to progress along the way, and will advise you of any further information that may be required.
Your referees will be contacted, and they are given one month to respond. If, after a month, no response is received, you will be advised and the referee will receive a reminder.
Once all the references have been collected, the file is given to the Executive Director for initial assessment. After this, the file is sent to each member of the Board of Directors, who are given 6 weeks to provide a final assessment.
You will be notified as soon as a final decision is made.
If your application is successful, you will be sent an invoice based on your gross income figure. Your membership will become active as soon as the fee is paid.
Yes you can. Log in to the Members Only Website and check the Member Tools section.
We accept Euros only. This will be clearly indicated on the invoice, together with our bank details and any fees that may be applicable to the bank transaction charges, which must be covered by the members.
Make the most of your application form! This is your chance to tell us all about your organisation and its commitment to the movement. The more we know about you, the easier and quicker it will be for us to process your application.
Don't forget to send us:
Please read our Guideline for Provisional Membership and our Membership Policy and Procedure carefully before applying. You can find them here .
Remember that we only accept electronic applications. If this is a problem for you, please contact our membership officer.