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Fair Trade Certified™ Factories

Fair Trade Certified Factories adhere to rigorous social, economic, and environmental standards. Join us in transforming responsible business and building more resilient supply chains by participating in the Fair Trade Factory Program.

Why Source From Fair Trade Certified Factories

The Fair Trade Factory Program builds resilient, transparent supply chains and enables sustainable livelihoods for factory workers, their families, and entire communities. We’re here to help you ethically source apparel, textiles, home goods, outdoor goods, footwear, beauty products, or anything else made in a factory!

Factory workers are some of the most vulnerable workers in our global economy, often enduring human and labor rights violations, low wages, and unsafe working conditions. Businesses can ensure they are not inadvertently furthering these injustices by committing to ethical sourcing practices and providing transparency across the entire supply chain.

Updated in 2023, Our Factory Production Standard 2.0 focuses on limiting direct negative environmental impacts to workers, producers, surrounding communities, and the planet.

By choosing to source from Fair Trade Certified factories, you are working with factories that are producing goods in a fair way. That means workers are paid a fair wage, work in safe conditions, have their rights respected, and their communities have the opportunity to prosper.

In addition to rigorous standards, the Fair Trade Factory Program delivers impact to workers through the Fair Trade Premium. For every Fair Trade Certified product sold, partners pay a Premium that goes back to workers in the form of Community Development Funds. The funds are invested into projects that workers have identified as the most pressing needs of their community. The process of democratically electing a Fair Trade Committee that manages these projects empowers worker voice and participation, linking your product to sustainable and resilient communities.

We invite you to join us in certifying your existing factories or sourcing from more than 100+ fair trade factories around the world! Read on to learn about the benefits or go straight to the list of Fair Trade Certified factories here.

Solidify your supply chain resiliency

  • Actively manage potential risk with rigorous fair trade standards ensuring safe working environments and improved conditions, wages, working hours, benefits, and the elimination of forced labor and poverty.
  • Improve operational efficiency and performance.
    • Get support and training in field to help ensure compliance to Fair Trade Certified Standards.
    • More sustainable income and better working conditions increase worker retention (less turnover and absenteeism) with more satisfied and engaged employees.
  • Improve factory workers’ lives and communities with Community Development Funds that help factory workers address real challenges in their lives.
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Advance your Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals

  • Join other leading brands and retailers in making ethical sourcing commitments and driving sustainability in the industry.
  • Accelerate and be able to communicate your progress toward ESG goals.
  • Help accelerate B-Corp Certification and contribute to 1% for the Planet

Strengthen your brand

  • Mitigate potential reputational risk such as undetected labor violations in your supply chain.
  • Have confidence in the credibility of your commitments and demonstrate authenticity to consumers. Fair Trade USA is ISEAL Code Compliant. Our system has been independently evaluated against ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice.
  • Ensure traceability and transparency with data.
  • Connect with factories in your supply chain and see first-hand the local impact for workers and their communities.
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Build loyalty and meet consumer demand

  • 65% of consumers recognize the Fair Trade Certified label.
  • 78% of consumers trust the Fair Trade Certified label.
  • 1 in 3 consumers are more likely to purchase with the Fair Trade Certified label.
  • 75% of consumers indicate a third-party certification provides trust that a product/company is taking sustainable action.
  • Find more U.S. consumer insights here.

Raising the Standard With Fair Certified Factories

In 2010, we piloted the Fair Trade Factory Program, and it’s been a journey of continuous improvement and program growth. Since then, there has been great innovation, including expansion into new product categories and a major revision to our Factory Production Standard (FPS) 2.0.0 that launched in 2023. Learn more here.
Factory Production Standard (FPS) Overview

This resource provides a high-level overview of the structure and requirements of the FPS.

Factory Production Standard (FPS)

Access our full Factory Production Standard

Community Development Funds

Learn how Premiums are calculated and returned to factory workers as Community Development Funds

Fair Trade Certified Factories Map

We have partnered with Open Supply Hub and published an online list and map of Fair Trade Certified Factories for further supply chain transparency. This public list offers an easy-to-use interface for brands to explore factories currently sourcing on fair trade terms. Take a look at this interactive map to locate and learn more about Fair Trade Certified facilities.

Choosing Fair Trade Makes a Difference

100+

Certified Organizations

Accelerate sourcing on Fair Trade Certified terms — Tap into over 100 Fair Trade Certified factories.

$13M

Development Funds

In 2021, fair trade factory partners generated $13M in Community Development Funds used to foster prosperous communities and resilient supply chains.

60+

Brand Partners

From babies’, kids’, women’s, and men’s clothing to shoes and furniture and blankets, we have certified a variety of factory-based businesses.

Fair Trade Commitments

Let us help you map commitments to fair trade. Here are examples of key partners’ sourcing commitments:
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Arc’Teryx

80% of products Fair Trade Certified by 2025

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J. Crew / Madewell

90% cashmere and chino collections Fair Trade Certified by 2025; 100% denim Fair Trade Certified by 2025

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Williams-Sonoma

Pay an additional $10M in Fair Trade Premiums by 2025

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Featured Papers and Reports

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Above & Beyond: Fair Trade Certified Factories Protecting Planet and People

When it comes to managing environmental impacts, Fair Trade Certified factories regularly go above and beyond standard requirements, demonstrating a genuine passion for protecting the planet. In this paper, you can read about four of our favorite environmental initiatives that managers at Fair Trade Certified factories shared with us!

Other Resources

Our Standards

Review our Fair Trade Factory Standards

Standards

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U.S. Consumer Insights Report

See why more than 1,500 companies have chosen fair trade certification to meet sustainability goals, increase brand trust, and reach more shoppers.

View Report