Standard for buying and selling Fair Trade Certified™ products
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.
Each standard is followed by a table with its corresponding Compliance Criteria, against which traders are audited.
Provides definitions for the terminology used in 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 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.
Aged Product Policy
Outlines fair trade terms specific to products containing agricultural ingredients which have been processed and then intentionally aged for more than one year.
How the Trade Standard works
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.
As the leading third-party certifier of fair trade products in the US, we’ve worked hard to earn the trust that’s vital to our movement. It’s crucial that everything sold as Fair Trade Certified™ was purchased according to our standards, and to verify that, we expect transparency from brands and traders we work with. By verifying your supply chains, and by requiring that you report your fair trade transactions, we’re able to measure and support our impact.
Fair Trade Premium
The Fair Trade Premium allows you to directly invest in your supply chain. The extra amount you pay on Fair Trade Certified products goes toward helping your producers build strong, thriving, sustainable businesses and communities, which ultimately leads to higher quality products and goods. You can read stories in our news section about these funds in action.
Minimum Price Requirements
Some Fair Trade Certified ingredients have a set Minimum Price, which serves as a safety net for producers when market prices dip too low. Minimum Prices are set through a rigorous process that includes extensive review of the market and stakeholder consultations. For information about Fair Trade Premium and Minimum Prices for your ingredients or products, view the Price and Premium Database on our standards page or contact us for further questions.
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.
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.