The impact of Fair Trade certification

Today, Fair Trade Certified™ products originating in more than 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.

1.6 million

Farmers and workers

Last year, Fair Trade empowered farmers and workers in countries across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, and the Caribbean to reach better terms with their trading partners.

$440 million

Financial benefit to producers

Since 1998, Fair Trade producers have earned a total financial benefit of $440 million, including nearly $295 million in Community Development Funds and $146 million as a result of the Fair Trade Minimum Price.


Social, economic, and environmental protections

Fair Trade products are produced according to rigorous Fair Trade standards that protect farmers, workers, fishermen, and the environment.


Responsible businesses

The Fair Trade market is growing because of businesses who dedicate to Fair Trade’s transparency and ethics standards. As a result, consumer awareness of the Fair Trade seal is at 67%— an all-time high.

Our theory of change

Deep connections, shared goals, responsible business, conscious consumption, and sustainable livelihoods for producers and their families. In short, that’s our Theory of Change, and we’ve sculpted our Impact Management System around it.

Impact Management System

Outlines our approach to defining, measuring, and communicating the impact of the Fair Trade Certified model. The IMS includes our Theory of Change and the indicators, processes, and technologies used to monitor and report on progress over time.

Almanac Reports

Explore our annual reports detailing the outcome of our efforts as an organization.

Research & impact reports

Take a closer look at how Fair Trade is improving livelihoods and the environment in key product categories and regions.