The Impact of Fair Trade Certification
Today, Fair Trade Certified™ products originating in 45 countries are being sold in the United States. Those purchases add up to significant impact for producers in countries that need it the most.
Farmers and workers
Last year, Fair Trade USA® empowered more than 950,000 farmers and workers in 45 countries across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, and the Caribbean to reach better terms with their trading partners.
Financial benefit to producers
Since 1998, producers have earned a total financial benefit of $610 million through sales of Fair Trade Certified products, including over $400 million in Community Development Funds and $200 million as a result of the Fair Trade Minimum Price.
Social, economic, and environmental protections
Fair Trade Certified products are produced according to rigorous standards that protect farmers, workers, fishermen, and the environment.
The fair trade market is growing because of businesses' dedication to Fair Trade USA standards. As a result, consumer awareness of the Fair Trade Certified seal is at 63%—nearly double what it was in 2008.
Our Theory of Change
A theory of change is a visual representation of how the strategies and activities of an organization impact the lives and livelihoods of others over time: In our case, that includes small producers, fishermen, and workers in hired labor settings on farms and in factories. Our Theory of Change describes our vision of how we catalyze change in the lives of people around the globe through our work.
Theory of Change
The Theory of Change is a visual representation of how the strategies and activities of Fair Trade USA impact the livelihoods of small farmers, fishermen, and hired workers on farms and in factories over time.
Impact Management System
Our Impact Management System (IMS) outlines our approach to defining, measuring, and communicating the impact of our model. It includes the indicators, processes, and technologies used to monitor and report on progress over time.
Research & impact reports
Take a closer look at how Fair Trade USA is improving livelihoods and the environment in key product categories and regions.