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




Apparel and Home Goods Program Assurance Manual

Requirements for Certificate Scope

Changes to Certificate Scope Procedure

Policy on Identifying the Premium Participants

Unannounced Audit Policy

Requirements for Traders: Rug Industry

Supporting guidance

Factory Program Guidebook

Guidance for Determining Scope

Guide to Identifying the Premium Participants

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.