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Membership categories, rights and obligations


1. Ordinary Membership

Open to certified Fairtrade producer organisations in Africa.

To become a member, and to maintain membership, the organisation must:

  • Currently be certified under Fairtrade International standards pertaining at the time.
  • Apply for membership by submitting a duly completed application form.
  • Payment of the annual subscription, determined by the Board of Fairtrade Africa annually.
  • Be legally registered and properly established under the relevant national laws.
  • Operate from a functioning office.
  • Maintain governance structures and processes that take account of the needs of various stakeholders.
  • A formal undertaking to abide by the rules and regulations governing ordinary membership.
  • Renew annual membership by payment of the annual subscription fees.

1.1  Ordinary members shall have the following rights:

  • Participate fully in the decision making procedures of Fairtrade Africa.
  • Demand access to the services provided by, or in partnership with, Fairtrade Africa and as available and designed at that time. These services include (but are not limited to) access to the Technical Assistance Fund and to capacity building services such as volunteer programmes, trainings…
  • Participate in all decision-making and consultative forums of Fairtrade Africa, and to propose their representatives as candidates for election to any elected office within Fairtrade Africa.

1.2  Ordinary members shall have the following obligations:

  • Commit to paying an annual fee as set by the Board of Fairtrade Africa.
  • Obliged at all times to uphold the values of fair trade and the constitution of Fairtrade Africa, and to represent Fairtrade Africa in a positive light to the public at large.

2. Associate Membership

Open to non-Fairtrade certified producer organisations operating in Africa, non-producer organisations certified by Fairtrade and operating under the rules as pertains to their certification; and organisations registered with any of the fair trade movement members operating in Africa.

To become an associate member, the organisation must:

  • Apply for membership by submitting a duly completed application form.
  • Pay the annual subscription, determined by the Fairtrade Africa Board.
  • Be legally registered and properly established under the relevant national laws.
  • Maintain governance structures and processes that take account of the needs of various stakeholders.

2.1  Associate members shall have the following rights:

  • Participate in the decision making procedures of Fairtrade Africa. However, the participation of Associate Members in the decision making procedures shall be restricted and subject to the decision of the Board, and may be limited to individuals who are elected or appointed by the Ordinary Members of the organisation to hold specific offices.
  • May request access to the services provided by, or in partnership with Fairtrade Africa, but shall not have the right to demand such services.
  • Participate in all consultative forums of Fairtrade Africa.

2.2  Associate members shall have the following obligations:

  • Commit to paying an annual fee as set by the Board of Fairtrade Africa.
  • Obliged at all times to uphold the values of fair trade and the constitution of Fairtrade Africa, and to represent Fairtrade Africa in a positive light to the public at large.

3. Honorary Membership

Shall be conferred on distinguished individuals and organisations based on criteria for honorary membership as set out in Fairtrade Africa’s constitution. Honorary Membership status shall be proposed by the Board and confirmed at the African Assembly.

3.1  Honorary members shall have the following rights:

  • Participate in the decision making procedures of Fairtrade Africa. However, the participation shall be restricted and subject to the decision of the Board.
  • Participate in all consultative forums of Fairtrade Africa.

3.2  Honorary members shall have the following obligations:

  • Identify with the values of fair trade and the constitution of Fairtrade Africa, and undertake to represent Fairtrade Africa in a positive light to the public at large.