Measuring and monitoring Fairtrade impact

The stringent Fairtrade Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) program supports ongoing education and continuous improvement.

Monitoring and evaluation is used by Fairtrade International to increase our understanding of the benefits to Fairtrade certified producer organizations. It allows us to create recommendations for increased impact and effectiveness—to improve our standards, producer service offerings, certifications, and more—enabling us to deliver more impact for the farmers, workers and their organizations.

The Fairtrade International MEL Program (compliant with ISEALS’s Impact Codes) collects monitoring data annually from Fairtrade certified producer organizations. This data allows us to build and share in-depth insights into how Fairtrade certification benefits producers around the world and identify challenges where we can improve our impact. In-depth research is essential to assess the impacts and outcomes of Fairtrade certification. Explore this data more by reviewing the latest reports below or visiting Fairtrade International’s Monitoring and Evaluation Reports section (external link).

The Fairtrade MEL system commissions research on an ongoing basis, which is essential to provide a full overview of Fairtrade certified producer groups, the impact Fairtrade has had for them and their communities and what has led to the reported outcomes. It provides us with insight to the perceptions and experiences of farmers and workers and gives the essential contextual background to explain monitoring data.

One of the most important things that the Fairtrade MEL system finds is that our work is not done. Read more about where Fairtrade needs to do more.