Fair Trade Standards Development & Revision

At Fair Trade USA®, we welcome your questions and feedback about how we set and revise our standards. To propose revisions or clarifications to a standard, please email us.


In accordance with ISEAL, our standards are reviewed at least every five years. We also regularly review Price and Premium rates to identify externalities that may affect our producer and industry partners and to ensure Fair trade products deliver positive impact on the ground. Read our Standards Development and Revision Procedure (in English, en español) to see how it works.

Premium Consultation: Mango, Latin America — August 2019

Revised Price and Premium: Cocoa — June 2019

Revised Premium: Asparagus, Latin America — June 2019

Premium consultation: Asparagus, Latin America — May 2019

Updated Trade Standard effective January 1, 2020

Fair Trade USA pilots application of Agricultural Production Standard in aquaculture sector

Fair Trade USA explores application of Agricultural Production Standard in dairy sector

Standards work plan for 2019

Updated Factory Standard for Apparel & Home Goods effective September 7, 2018

Trade Standard Revision Public Project Plan

Pricing announcement: Updated premium for Chilean table grapes — December 2017

Premium consultation: Organic palm oil and derivatives, Colombia – January 2018

Updated Factory Standard for Apparel & Home Goods effective January 15, 2018

Updated Capture Fisheries Standard (CFS) effective January 15, 2018

Price and Premium consultation: Table grapes, South America – November 2017

Pricing announcement: Updated organic tomato on vine premium for Mexico and the USA - October 2017

New Agricultural Production Standard (APS) effective March 1, 2017

Pricing announcement: Updated strawberry premium for the Americas - January 2017

Pricing announcement: Updated Yellowfin tuna premium for Indonesia - August 2016