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.
Capture Fisheries Standard (CFS)
Outlines the requirements and main compliance criteria of the Capture Fisheries Standard.
Requirements and compliance criteria for wild caught fisheries to build strong fishing communities and healthy oceans.
Completing this application is the first step in receiving an audit for your products.
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.
Requirements for Certificate Scope
Policy defining the entities and activities which must be included in the scope of the Certificate, and thus the audit, under the CFS.
Changes to Certificate Scope Procedure
This procedure outlines the requirements to change the scope of a Certificate between audits.
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.
Temporary Authorization to Trade Policy
Outlines the policy on granting a temporary authorization to trade.
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.
Seafood Program Assurance Manual
Outlines the manner in which the seafood program meets the requirements for assurance listed in the Quality Manual.
Describes the process by which exceptions are considered and granted in a fair, consistent, and non-discriminatory manner.
Exception Request Form
This form accompanies the Exceptions Policy and must be completed and submitted for an exception request.
Productivity and Susceptibility Analysis
May be used to determine a fish stock's risk to overfishing using both biological data and information about the fishery.
Guidance for Workspace Safety
Guidance document on the best practice considerations for risk mitigation in all work spaces.
Guidance for Determining Scope Under the Capture Fisheries Standard
Provides clarification and examples on the Requirements for Certificate Scope, defining what sites and activities must be included under a CFS Certificate.
Guidance on Required Trainings
Provides guidance on the trainings required by the CFS and recommendations on how to complete them.
Guidance for the Resource Management Section of the Capture Fisheries Standard
Provides guidance on resource management requirements in the CFS.
CFS Compliance Tracking Tool
This tool may be used to assess and track compliance with the Capture Fisheries Standard.
How we set and revise our standards
Standards development and revision
In accordance with ISEAL, the Capture Fisheries Standard will be reviewed at least every five years. The next major revision is planned for 2018-2019.
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.
Need to report an issue?
If something isn't right, we want to address it. Anyone can report an issue or access our Complaints Procedure at the link below.