Fair Trade Standards
Rigorous standards are the way we fulfill our mission and deliver full benefits to producers and businesses we work with. They are tailor-made for each industry to ensure that we’re all working together toward the same goal. Earning fair trade certification is an ongoing process, and we’re here to help you succeed.
Agricultural Production Standard (APS)
Provides a high-level overview of the structure and requirements of the Agricultural Production Standard.
Requirements and compliance criteria for all agricultural producers or groups of producers to support healthy farms and healthy communities.
Completing this application is the first step in receiving an audit for your products.
Provides definitions for the terminology used in the Fair Trade USA® standards, compliance criteria, and associated documents.
Price and Premium Information
A complete list of Fair Trade Premium amounts and Fair Trade Minimum Prices for all products we currently certify. Products with special price terms are further explained in Special Price and Premium Terms.
Special Price and Premium Terms
Contains special price terms as well as information on relevant market prices for certain agricultural products certified under Fair Trade USA standards. Product with special terms are identified by an asterisk (*) in the Special Price Terms column of the Price and Premium database.
Outlines the policy for existing Certificate Holders to transition from our prior standards (including the FWS, ISS, and SPO) to the APS by March 1, 2018. For a complete background on the APS revision and transition, visit our APS Transition page.
Temporary Authorization to Trade Policy
Outlines the policy on granting a temporary authorization to trade.
Requirements for Certificate Scope
Policy which defines the entities and activities which must be included in the scope of the Certificate, and thus the audit, under the APS.
Changes to Certificate Scope Procedure
This procedure outlines the requirements to change the scope of a Certificate between audits.
Prohibited and Restricted Pesticides List
Outlines the Red List of prohibited pesticides that may not be used on fair trade product, and the Yellow List of restricted pesticides and risk mitigation requirements.
Multiple Ingredient Product Policy
We certify multi-ingredient products that include Fair Trade Certified ingredients along with non-certified ingredients, from body care to packaged goods and beyond.
Agriculture Program Assurance Manual
Outlines the manner in which the agriculture program meets the requirements for assurance listed in the Quality Manual.
Interpretations for the Agricultural Production Standard
Describes all Interpretations for the APS, which provide additional explanation of the intent of specific criterion and further clarification and guidance on implementation of the criterion.
Unannounced Audit Policy
Describes the circumstances where an unannounced audit may take place and the compliance assessment process.
Change of Conformity Assessment Body Policy
Describes the requirements that a Certificate Holder must meet to change Conformity Assessment Body (CAB).
Change of Conformity Assessment Body Request Form
The form a Certificate Holder must submit to request a change in CAB.
Living Wage Benchmarks for Employers in Agricultural Production
A list of approved living wage benchmarks which employers in agricultural production may use to fulfill living wage requirements in the APS.
Guidance for Determining Scope
Provides clarification and examples on the requirements of the Requirements for Certificate Scope, defining what sites and activities must be included under an APS certificate.
Guide to Identifying the Premium Participants
Provides clarification and examples on the requirements for who must and who may be included as part of the Fair Trade Premium Participants.
Score System Guide
Explains the difference between the types of criteria in the APS and how the Progress Score System works.
Guidance on Premium Spending Rules
Provides an overview of the process required to spend Fair Trade Premium and summarizes requirements for the Fair Trade Premium Plan and project spending.
Cocoa Fair Trade Minimum Price in Price-Regulated Markets
Guidance on what Certificate Holders in price regulated markets need to do to comply with the Agriculture Production Standard in relation to payment of the Fair Trade Minimum Price.
Our global model
Standards are the framework of our global model. By adhering to them, you enable income sustainability, community and individual well-being, empowerment, and environmental stewardship. Learn more about our global model to get the big picture, see the quality standards we set for our own organization, or report an issue.
How we set and revise our standards
Standards development and revision
In accordance with ISEAL, the APS will be reviewed at least every five years. The next revision is planned for 2022-2023.
Any time we update our standards, we will give our partners a transition period to comply with any new changes. During that time, both old and new versions of the standard will be available online.