Get your farm, fishery, or factory Fair Trade Certified™

Welcome to a more responsible, sustainable way of doing business. The first step in earning Fair Trade certification for your farm, fishery, or factory is a simple online form. After that, our team will contact you to begin the process of certification.

How to begin working with Fair Trade

Step 1

Fill out a simple online form so the right person from our team can contact you to set up a plan to work toward certification.

Step 2

Your Fair Trade representative will get to know your business, guide you through your application, and help you get ready for your audit.

Step 3

Once certified, you’ll be listed as a Fair Trade Certified company that buyers can source from.

The principles that guide our mission

Fair Trade standards cover four main pillars of sustainable development.

Income sustainability

Earnings should fulfill basic household needs, regardless of volatile market prices. Our standards ensure producers, workers, farmers, and fishermen have the money needed to invest in their lives and their work.

Empowerment

Fair Trade empowers people to make choices for the good of themselves and their community, regardless of gender, status, position in society, or position on the globe. Rigorous standards give farmers, workers, and fishermen a voice in the workplace and the community.

Individual and community well-being

When people have the capacity to invest in better futures, the result is a healthier workforce and ultimately higher quality goods. Our model is fueled by committees of farmers, workers, and fishermen who decide how to invest the Fair Trade Premium based on their community's greatest needs: often clean water, education, and healthcare.

Environmental stewardship

Environmental practices have long-term impacts on the livelihoods of producers, communities, and the planet. Our standards work to keep the planet healthy for generations to come by prohibiting the most harmful chemicals and taking measures to protect natural resources.

Frequently asked questions

If you don’t see your question answered here, contact us so someone from our team can help.

What are the standards I will be expected to meet?

We have specific standards for farms, fisheries, and apparel and home goods factories. Please see our list of producer standards for more information.

Who can earn Fair Trade certification?

Fair Trade USA certifies producers and groups of producers of all sizes, including farms, fisheries, and factories.

What Fair Trade Certified goods are traders looking to source from producers like me?

Apparel, body care, grains, herbs and spices, home goods, honey, cocoa, coconut, coffee, flowers, fresh produce, seafood, spirits, sugar, tea, wine, and more can be Fair Trade Certified.

What if my product does not fall into one of those categories?

Please contact us so we can explore if certification makes sense for your product.

What is minimum price setting? Does it apply to me?

Fluctuations in world market prices hit workers and farmers the hardest, so some Fair Trade Certified products have a set Fair Trade Minimum Price (see Prices and Premiums Information on our standards page). This serves as a safety net for producers in particularly volatile markets when prices dip too low and creates real opportunity for improved livelihoods.

What is the Fair Trade Premium? Does it apply to me?

For every Fair Trade Certified product sold, the buyer pays a premium on top of the Fair Trade Price. The premium amount goes into an account managed by a Fair Trade Committee, which decides how to invest these funds back into the community. To look up the premium amount for a particular product, see Prices and Premiums Information on our standards page.

What is a Fair Trade Committee?

A Fair Trade Committee consists of a group of producers, workers, farmers, and fishermen that foster communication and collaboration on important issues such as health and safety and community investments. Their main responsibility is to manage the use of the Fair Trade Premium.

Do you accept FLO-CERT certification?

Yes. Fair Trade USA understands that producers have worked hard to achieve these certificates, so we honor most FLO-CERT certifications.

Do I have to meet all the requirements at once?

No. The process of getting certified is a journey of continuous improvement, but there are minimum requirements that must be met prior to certification.

How do I maintain certification?

Maintaining certification means complying with the standard minimum requirements and increasing compliance each year to ultimately meet full requirements. This will be verified by passing an audit each year.

Where can I get more information?

For a more in-depth picture of how Fair Trade works, refer to our global model or contact us.

Ready to apply?

If you’ve already been in touch with someone from the Fair Trade team, you can download an application from our standards page to get started right away.