Trade Standard

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.

Buying and selling Fair Trade Certified goods

The Fair Trade Certified seal on a product signifies that it was made according to rigorous fair trade standards that promote sustainable livelihoods, safe working conditions, protection of the environment, and strong, transparent supply chains. When businesses choose to supply Fair Trade Certified products, ranging from apparel, home goods, cocoa, coffee, produce, dairy, and seafood, they show their customers that they support positive change for the people who produce their goods. Watch the video to learn more about the value of becoming a licensed partner with Fair Trade USA.


How the Trade Standard works


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 our Price and Premium Database.

How we set and revise our standards


Trade Standard revision

In accordance with ISEAL, the Trade Standard will be reviewed at least every five years. The Trade Standard 2.0.0 went into effect January 2020, and the next revision is planned for 2024.

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.

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.

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.