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 900,000 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 $551 million through sales of Fair Trade Certified products, including nearly $380 million in Community Development Funds and more than $172 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
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 our model. The IMS includes our Theory of Change and the indicators, processes, and technologies used to monitor and report on progress over time.
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.