Fair Trade for business

Working with Fair Trade as a producer makes you a partner in empowering individuals, building strong communities, and taking steps to protect the planet.

How to begin working with Fair Trade

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Contact Fair Trade

Provide some basic information about your business via our online form. The right person from our team will contact you to discuss the certification process.

Review our standards

Carefully review our standards to understand our certification scope and compliance criteria.

Fill out an application

Complete and return an application to your Fair Trade contact to begin the audit process.

Who can benefit from Fair Trade certification?

Fair Trade isn’t just a way to do good—it’s a way to transform your business and meet your sustainability goals. We certifiy whole products, ingredients, and multi-ingredient products in five main categories: Coffee, Produce & FloralSeafood, Apparel & Home Goods, and Consumer Packaged Goods. Click on select categories to learn more or contact us directly.

Fair Trade for producers

The Fair Trade movement began as a way to connect disadvantaged producers to vibrant, global markets. The goal was to create trading partnerships founded on transparency, fairness and economic empowerment. Today we continue this tradition, delivering long-term benefits to farms, factories, and fisheries, and the people who represent them.

Fair Trade for brands and traders

Responsible sourcing creates shared value throughout entire supply chains—a system where everyone can benefit from transparency and ethical decisions.

Fair Trade for retailers

Consumers are increasingly seeking out companies that sell ethically-sourced goods.

Testimonials

"Before, we would sell our products at low and unstable prices. But thankfully we had the opportunity to participate in Fair Trade since the beginning, which has allowed us to get ahead while caring for our families."

Felipa Rios, sugar cane and coffee grower at Cooperativa Norandino in Peru

"Since the Fair Trade program started here, the factory has improved overall. I like that by working to make a good product, we are also able to help our families and each other."

Mohammad Zunaid Alam, sewing machine operator at Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills in India

“In 2015, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to India, and witness first-hand the benefits that our relationship with Fair Trade provides to our sourcing communities. Meeting our tea pluckers and their families, attending community events, and visiting schools where scholarships were funded by Fair Trade purchasing premiums, I recognize that the impact of our business extends far beyond the product you see on shelves.”

Ami Mathur, brand manager of Honest Tea

“Social responsibility and justice have always been important to Obey in both message and practice. Our hope is not only to benefit the workers in our Fair Trade factories, but to lead by example and promote the expansion of the Fair Trade program."

Shepard Fairey, founder of OBEY Clothing

Producer standards

Learn how to meet compliance standards for your farm, fishery, or factory. We’ll work with you to make sure our standards are clear and achievable.

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Making every purchase, every day, matter

Fair Trade is changing the way people think about their day-to-day purchases. See our consumer insights to see why more than 1,200 brands have chosen Fair Trade certification to meet sustainability goals, increase brand value, and reach more shoppers.

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Recognition

Awareness of the Fair Trade Certified seal has nearly doubled since 2008—now at 63% in the United States.

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Demand

58% of American shoppers are more likely to try products from a brand that is mindful of its impact on the environment and society.

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Preference

65% of American shoppers indicate they would trust a product more if it was Fair Trade Certified.

Begin your partnership with Fair Trade today

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