Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

When you use our website, personal data is collected from you. This personal information may be the information necessary for you to use our website, for any information that may be required to accom-modate your preferences, or for information that you provide us with yourself through the contact op-tions on our website.

The protection of your personal data is important to us, starting with your visit to our homepage. Your data will be protected in accordance with the law. This is guaranteed by an external data protection officer, among other things.

Below you will find information about which data is collected during your visit to our homepage and how it is used.

General Information

1. Name and contact data of the data controller for processing as well as the company protection officer. 
This privacy information applies for data processing services carried out by: 
Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International e.V. (hereafter “Fairtrade International”)
Bonner Talweg 177
53129 Bonn Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 228 949230
Fax: +49 (0) 228 2421713
Fairtrade Interntional‘s data protection officer is available through dhpg IT-Services GmbH, Bunsenstr. 10a, 51647 Gummersbach, Email:, phone: +49 2261-8195-0.   
2. Rights of data subjects
You have the right:
  • pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR, to obtain information about your personal data processed by us. Insofar as we process your data you may request information especially about the processing purpose, the categories of personal data, the recipients of your disclosed personal data, especially recipients in third countries, the planned storage period or the criteria of determination, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, the origin of your data, if it was not collected by us as well as the existence of an automated decision-making including profiling and, if applicable, meaningful detailed information.
  • pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR, to obtain the immediate rectification of incorrect or incomplete of your personal data stored with us;
  • pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR, to obtain the erasure of the personal data stored with us, unless the processing is required to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information, to fulfil a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or to assert, exercise or defend legal claims;
  • pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR, to obtain the restriction of processing of your personal data, if the correctness of data is disputable, the processing is unlawful, but you refuse its erasure and we do not need the data anymore. On the other hand, you might need it to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or you have lodged an objection against the processing pursuant to art. 21 GDPR and it is not yet clear whether our legitimate reasons prevail your interests.
  • pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR, to obtain your personal data which you provided us, in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to demand the transfer to any other responsible person, insofar as the processing is based on your consent or a contract and the processing is made by means of automated procedures;
  • pursuant to Art. 7 seq. 3 GDPR, to revoke your uniquely given consent at any time. This entails that a continued processing of your personal data is prohibited and
  • pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority. As a rule, you can address to the supervisory authority at your usual place of residence or workplace or at our company headquarter.
3. Right of objection
If your personal data are processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. e or f GDPR, you have the right, pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, to appeal against processing your personal data insofar as there are reasons resulting from your particular situation or which are directed against direct advertising.
In the first case, we will no longer process your data unless we can prove compelling reasons that prevail your interests, liberties and rights or our processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
In the latter case you have a general right of objection which is realized by us without indicating a particular situation. If you want to make use of your right of revocation or objection, an email to will be sufficient.
4. Data transfer
Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for purposes other than those listed below. We will only pass on your personal data to third parties if:
  • you have expressly given your consent pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. a GDPR
  • the transfer pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. f GDPR is required for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have a prevailing legitimate interest in not transferring your data,
  • in the event that there is a legal obligation to transfer data pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. c GDPR, and
  • this is required by law and pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. b GDPR for the execution of contractual relationships with you.
  • In addition, your personal data are processed by our order processors in compliance with instructions, insofar as this is necessary for the fulfilment of the order. Our contract processors do not have an own right to use your data.
5. Data security
We use the common SSL (Secure Socket Layer) method in connection with the highest level of encryption supported by your browser. As a rule, this is a 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we use 128-bit v3 technology instead. You can see whether an individual page of our website is transmitted in encrypted form by the representation of the closed bowl or lock symbol or by the use of "https" in front of the address of our (sub)website. We also use suitable technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against unauthorized access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in accordance with technological development.
6. Third countries
We transmit data to third countries exclusively in accordance with the legal regulations.
The permissibility of data transfer to third countries is governed by Art. 44 et seq. DSGVO. If we transfer your data to a third country, you will be informed about this in the special data protection information on the respective processing process, stating the respective legal regulation.
Specific privacy information for data processing operations on the website 
1. When visiting the website
When visiting our website, the browser used on your terminal device automatically sends information to the server of our website. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information is collected without your intervention and stored until it is automatically deleted:
  • IP address of the requesting computer,
  • date and time of access,
  • name and URL of the retrieved file
  • website allowing the access (referrer-URL),
  • used browser and the operating system of the computer as well as the name of your access provider.
The mentioned data are processed by us for the following purposes:
  • to ensure a smooth connection to our website,
  • to ensure a comfortable use of our website,
  • assessment of the system security and stability as well as
  • for further administrative purposes.
The legal basis for data processing is laid down in Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in the operation of our website and the related presentation of our company.  
Your data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for the stated purposes, after 6 months at the latest.

2. Application
It is particularly important to Fairtrade International to ensure the highest possible protection of your personal data. All personal data collected and processed as part of an application at Fairtrade International are protected against unauthorized access and manipulation by technical and organizational measures.
We process your personal data in the application documents in order to consider you as an applicant in the application process and to check whether you can be considered as an employee of Fairtrade International. If you provide information that goes beyond this required information, you are providing it to us voluntarily and agree to its processing.
The legal bases for the processing are thus Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. a and b GDPR as well as Art. 88 seq. 1 GDPR in conjunction with § 26 BDSG. The withdrawing of consent is possible at any time. You can send your withdrawal at any time to by e-mail.
After completion of the application process, we will store your documents for a further three months for evidence purposes.
For a possible conclusion of a contract, it is necessary that you provide us with your personal data in the application documents. Otherwise, we will not be able to consider you in the application process.
As part of the application process, we use the Rexx software for applicant management. We have concluded a data processing agreement with rexx systems GmbH Headquarters (Süderstrasse 75-79, 20097 Hamburg, Germany). It may therefore only process the data in accordance with our instructions and not for its own purposes.

3. Registration for the Job Alert
You can sign up for our Job Alert. This requires you to enter your email address. We use the email address to inform you about new job postings from us that match the criteria you selected. The processing is based on your consent pursuant to Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. a) GDPR. You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future. To do so, you can deactivate the Job Alert via the link at the end of each email with our new job postings.
4.  Cookies, analysis tools, plugins and other elements of third parties 
We use cookies on our site. These are small files which your browser automatically creates, and which are stored on your terminal device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.). Cookies do not harm your terminal device and do not contain viruses, trojans or other malware. The cookie is used to store information that arises in connection with the specific terminal device used. However, this does not mean that we will immediately become aware of your identity. 
Analysis tools are used to evaluate the behaviour of the website visitors and enable the provider to optimize the website and adapt marketing measures.
Plugins and other elements from third parties are used to integrate the content of these providers into the website.

a) Required first-party cookies
The use of our necessary first-party cookies serves on the one hand to make the use of our range more pleasant for you. For example, we use so-called session cookies to recognize that you have already visited individual pages on our website. These are automatically erased after leaving our site.
In addition, we also use temporary cookies to optimize user-friendliness, which are stored on your terminal device for a certain period of time. If you visit our site again in order to use our services, it automatically recognizes that you have already visited us and which entries and settings you have made so that you do not have to enter them again.
These data will be erased after 6 months at the latest.
We process your data on the basis of our legitimate interest in the external presentation of our company via the website you have called up and to promote user friendliness. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. f GDPR.
Most browsers automatically accept these cookies. However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or a message always appears before such a cookie is generated. However, if cookies are completely deactivated, the website may not be displayed correctly, or you may not be able to use all the functions of our website.
b) Third-Party-Cookies, analysis tools, plugins and other third-party elements    
The following indicated and used third-party cookies, analysis tools, plugins and elements of third parties are used only after receipt of your expressly given consent based on Art. 6 seq. 1 sent. 1 lit. a) GDPR. You can withdraw your given consents at any time for the future. The withdraw of your consent or not giving your consent may lead to an incorrect display of the website or the website does not allow to use all functions. 
With the Third-Party-Cookies analysis tools, plugins and other elements of third parties we want to ensure a need-based design, marketing measures and the continuous optimization of our website. In addition, we use the tracking measures in order to statistically record the use of our website and evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our services for you.
The respective functional descriptions, possible recipients of the data, information on possible transfers to a third country, and the storage duration can be found in the following notes on the individual processing steps with third-party cookies, analysis tools, plug-ins, and other third-party elements.

We use the open source software Matomo to analyse and statistically evaluate the use of the website. Cookies are used for this purpose. The information generated by the cookies about website use is transmitted exclusively to our servers and compiled in pseudonymous usage profiles. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website and to enable us to design our website in line with requirements. The information is not passed on to third parties.
Under no circumstances will the IP address be linked to other data relating to the user. The IP addresses are anonymized so that an assignment is not possible (IP masking).

5. Currency and amendment of the data protection declaration
This data protection declaration is currently valid as of February 2021. Due to the further development of our website and offers on it or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may be necessary to amend this data protection declaration. You can call up and print out the current data protection declaration at any time on the website at