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.

Factory Standard for Apparel & Home Goods


Requirements and compliance criteria for apparel and home goods factories to keep factories safe and workers empowered.



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.

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 Factory Standard.

Policy on Identifying the Premium Participants

Policy which defines who must and who may be included as part of the Fair Trade Premium Participants.

Supporting guidance

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 a Certificate.

Guide to Identifying the Premium Participants

Provides further clarification and examples on the requirements in the ‘Identifying the Premium Participants’ policy document.

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 Factory Standard will be reviewed at least every five years. The next revision is planned for 2018-2019.

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.