The way you do business has a huge impact on the world. As a buyer and seller of Fair Trade Certified™ goods, you will be held to the Fair Trade USA® Trade Standard, which is one of the ways we fulfill our mission and deliver benefits to your business and producers. Earning fair trade certification is an ongoing process, and we’re here to help you succeed.
The Trade Standard recently underwent a major revision. For more information and resources related to the revision process, and changes to the standard, visit our Trade Standard revision page.
Requirements and compliance criteria for all traders of product sourced from Fair Trade Certified producers.
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.
Outlines the policy for existing traders to transition from our prior Trade Standard documents to the Trade Standard 2.0.0 by January 1, 2020. For a complete background on the Trade Standard revision and transition, visit our Trade Standard Revision page.
Requirements for Certificate Scope under the Trade Standard
Policy which defines the entities and activities which must be included in the scope of the Certificate, and thus the audit, under the Trade Standard.
Mass Balance Policy
Outlines requirements for the use of mass balance for traders under Fair Trade USA’s Trade Standard.
Prohibited and Restricted Pesticides List
This document contains the list of pesticides which are prohibited while handling Fair Trade Certified product.
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.
Trade Standard Summary for Certificate Holders
Overview of Certificate Holder rights under the Trade Standard.
Trade Standard Summary for Traders
Overview of key requirements for traders purchasing Fair Trade Certified products.
Trade Standard Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and answers to frequent inquiries by traders and potential traders about the Trade Standard.
Cocoa Fair Trade Minimum Price in Price-Regulated Markets
Defines what traders in price regulated markets must do to comply with the Fair Trade Minimum Price requirements in the Trade Standard.
Guidance on Consignment Sales Under the Trade Standard
Applicable to traders of produce licensed under the Trade Standard engaging in consignment sales.
Guidance for Determining Scope Under the Trade Standard
Provides step-by-step assistance in determining the scope of a Certificate under the Trade Standard.
Guidance for Traders Implementing Retro-Certification
Guidance for all licensees employing retro-certification.
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.
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.