Since 1998, the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS) has been promoting not only independent shops but also working for justice in the developing world through Fair Trade retailing and campaigning.
Fair Trade shops and suppliers that are members of BAFTS promote social justice for the producers of the goods they sell. They work together to create an alternative model to conventional international trade, with human rights at the top of the agenda.
BAFTS member organisations are monitored and assessed annually, giving customers the confidence that they are buying from a shop with genuine Fair Trade concerns. Our membership criteria are based on the ten World Fair Trade Principles of Fair Trade, of which members must show evidence when applying. All members have the same reason for joining BAFTS: to support, promote and engage with Fair Trade.
BAFTS is the national network representative of the World Fair Trade Organisation, and most of its members have links with Fairtrade towns campaigns in the UK. Their Facebook and Twitter presence promotes events and stories to the wider public.
BAFTS is currently busy agreeing a range of exclusive offers for their shop members from BAFTS supplier members. Their AGM, conference and regional meetings offer a unique opportunity to engage informally with like-minded people, which create valuable networking opportunities.
The first ever BAFTS’ week will be held from 21-28 September 2013, which aims to raise their profile and attract new members.
Also in September, BAFTS is planning a meeting, open to all members, with Rudi Dalvai, a Director of the World Fair Trade Organisation. Their 2014 AGM and conference will be at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) on Sunday 18 and Monday 19 May 2014.
Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join BAFTS or for more information.