Why Join Bafts?
Becoming a member will strengthen public perception of your business and your values.
- Buyers can confidently shop at a BAFTS registered organisation, knowing that they are buying certified fair trade products.
- The amount of information and support you can gain from being in BAFTS is unbelievable- between its members there is a wealth of experience. From shop owners to online retailers to wholesalers, everyone has the same reason for being a member - to support fair trade.
- Being within a community such as BAFTS will really strengthen your presence within fair trade.
How To Join
Thank you for your interest in The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers. To apply to BAFTS please read through the text on this page so you will then be able to start your application process by submitting some basic details (we'll explain more later).
The British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) is an association of retailers and importers who, although independent, unite in a core purpose which is to bring about fundamental changes in the status of working producers through Fair Trade retailing and campaigning.
Fair Trade shops are special in that they have an opportunity to promote social justice for the worker / producers of the products sold. By 'promoting social justice' BAFTS means that its members, and recognised importers, abide by principles that aim to achieve justice and dignity for everyone in society and work together to create an alternative model to conventional international trade; a model in which human rights and equality are at the top of our agenda.
BAFTS retailers need to be viable commercial businesses well stocked with products that customers want to buy. But the promotion of social justice is the foundation on which our members have built their businesses. Products are sold because they contribute towards that essential social objective.
Through solidarity and practical programmes of assistance, BAFTS seeks to strengthen a network of sales channels that are dedicated to its core purpose. It seeks to improve the quality and the quantity of such channels, so that they are better able to contribute towards the building of greater justice and equity in the world. The association and its members support campaigns that increase awareness and understanding of the needs of producer workers and of their rights.
Categories and Fees
This page contains important information you should read before making your application. At the bottom of the page we explain how our application process works and there is a link to a form that will capture your basic details and allow you to start the application process. We look forward to receiving your application and, providing you fulfill all our criteria, welcoming you into the BAFTS family.
BAFTS categories and annual fees
You can apply to join BAFTS if you are a UK based business involved in the fair trade supply chain. We recognise that the shape of retail is continually changing and we are reviewing our structure to ensure we can accomodate the widest range of genuine fair trade organisations, however currently our 'constitution' recognises four 'well defined' types of organisation as summarised in the following table (Retailers and Importers can access more detailed criteria by clicking on the relevant links and we'll be adding similar information for the other two categories soon):
Overview of BAFTS Categories
|Do you sell to the general public (including businesses where the business is the end customer)?||Do you supply fair trade products to other organisations who will then sell them on?|
|Do you buy at least 70% of your stock from recognised fair trade suppliers based in the UK?|
You can apply to be a BAFTS retailer*
|Do you buy at least 70% of your stock direct from developing world producers?|
You can apply to be a BAFTS importer*
* Many importers also have a retail arm, if you want BAFTS recognition for both activities then you will need to apply for both categories. If (this is what normally happens) you are retailing products that you import then we need to process Your importer application first.
BAFTS fees for 2012 and 2013
|ANNUAL TURNOVER||Band||Retailer Member||ImporterMember||Direct Sourcing Retailer Member|
|Up to £25,000||1||£55||£50||£80|
|£25,001 to £50,000||2||£60||£85||£95|
|£50,001 to £100,000||3||£100||£110||£150|
|£100,001 to £150,000||4||£150||£160||£200|
|£150,001 to £200,000||5||£200||£235||£335|
|£200,001 to £400,000||6||£325||£365||£455|
|£400,001 to £600,000||7||£400||£500||£600|
|£600,001 to £800,000||8||£550||£865||£900|
|£800,001 to £999,999||9||£650||£965||£1110|
|+ Donation||+ Donation||+ Donation|
Additions: £10 for each additional retail outlet.
Deductions: 20% from Member fee for organisations that are BOTH members and importers 50% deduction from IMPORTER fee for organisations which are members of WFTO
Thank you for your patience, it is important to us that you understand our criteria before applying.