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.

Trade Standard for Agriculture & Seafood

Vision and Objective

Outlines the main focus of the Trade Standard and which supply chain partners it covers.


Requirements for brands and traders purchasing Fair Trade Certified agricultural or fisheries products.

Compliance Criteria

Each standard is followed by a table with its corresponding Compliance Criteria, against which traders are audited.



Provides definitions for the terminology used in the Fair Trade 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 standards. Product with special terms are identified by an asterisk (*) in the “Special Price Terms” column of the Price and Premium database.

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.

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Aged Product Policy

Outlines Fair Trade terms specific to products containing agricultural ingredients which have been processed and then intentionally aged for more than 1 year

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 Trade Standard will be reviewed at least every five years. The next revision is planned for 2017-2018.

Handling complaints

To submit a formal complaint against the Fair Trade USA standard-setting process, or to see how we handle complaints, download our Procedural Complaints Policy (in English, en Español).

Legacy standards

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.