Independent Board Member

FLO - Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International

Independent Board Member

FLO - Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International

Bonn, Germany


Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. By choosing Fairtrade products, people can create change through their everyday actions, and farming communities can improve their lives and invest in their future.

Fairtrade International is the international non-profit, multi-stakeholder body that is responsible for the strategic direction of Fairtrade and Fairtrade standards. It is headquartered in Bonn, Germany but works through staff and consultants located around the world where our producer partners are located.

We have an ambitious strategy for transforming the way we work and scaling up the impact of our work and our Board of Directors has a vital role in ensuring that we achieve these aims.

Fairtrade’s Strategy 2016 – 2020 focuses on the following areas:

  • Building Benefits for Producers;
  • Deepening Impact through Programmes and Services;
  • Building Fairtrade Markets;
  • Influencing Government Policies;
  • Building a Strong Global System.

The Role of the Board

Fairtrade International is a not-for-profit association (eV) that operates under German law. Its members are established as not-for-profit bodies with broad-based membership in their own countries. The Fairtrade International Board therefore has a high degree of public accountability through its members to a wide range of stakeholders.

The members exercise ownership through a General Assembly that elects the Board. The Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Fairtrade International and monitoring delivery by the Chief Executive and his/her staff. It also ensures probity, transparency and management of risk in Fairtrade International’s operations.

The Board comprises 11 members; four representing Producer Networks, four representing National Fairtrade Organisations, and three independent members.

Currently the Board of Directors of Fairtrade International has one vacant position for an Independent Board Member, ideally with multi-stakeholder experience and knowledge of supply chain management and value creation.

S/he will provide an independent viewpoint to contribute to the success of Fairtrade International by ensuring that the execution of Fairtrade International’s strategy delivers sustainable value to its producers.

Person Specification

  • Commitment to Fairtrade’s mission and principles;
  • Significant experience of strategic leadership and management in complex, international, multistakeholder, organisations;
  • Understanding, and preferably experience, of supply chain management in the context of international development;
  • Sound business acumen for generating growth and creating value;
  • High level of financial literacy to ensure Board oversight of adequate resourcing of Fairtrade International’s strategy;
  • Knowledge of good corporate governance practices;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Excellent communication skills, and willingness to contribute actively to discussions;
  • Interpersonal skills and confidence to form collaborative relationships with other Board members and, where appropriate, provide guidance and advice to staff;
  • Willingness to participate in committees and other groups of the Board.

Travel and Time Commitments

A Board member must be able to travel to Germany or elsewhere to take part in physical Board meetings. The Board aims to hold three physical meeting a year with additional virtual meetings as necessary. Meetings are generally held over two days. Additionally, Board members are expected to be involved in Board committees and other groups held mainly by teleconference. It is estimated that Board Members will contribute an average of 5 days per month.

Board positions in Fairtrade International carry no remuneration but travel and other out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed. In return for your contribution, we offer the chance to work with and on behalf of people who are passionate in their commitment to our mission and are constantly inspiring in their energy and creativity to overcome hardship and achieve positive change.

Recruitment process

  • Please apply by email only, in English, with Curriculum Vitae and covering letter to, citing Independent Board Member in the subject line;
  • The deadline for applications is Friday, March 2nd, 2018;
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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