Fair Trade USA and Control Union Certifications are pleased to announce that Control Union is now approved to verify and certify against Fair Trade USA’s Agricultural Production Standard, dramatically broaden global suppliers’ access to certification services. Growers, producers, and retailers can now engage Control Union’s network of 100 offices in 70 countries to verify and certify their compliance with Fair Trade certification.

Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, began its journey in the coffee sector 1998. Now in its twentieth year, Fair Trade USA has rigorous standards and programs for over thirty product categories from forty-six countries around the world. Now 63% of the U.S. population recognizes the Fair Trade Certified™ seal, as people seek to align their purchases with their values.

Control Union Certifications North America President Alfredo Gonzalez notes that “Control Union recognizes the importance of connecting local experts with local producers to achieve results that are reliable, efficient, and cost effective. The Fair Trade Certified™ seal is trusted by consumers and valued by producers because it sets a bar for social and environmental performance that is high but achievable. We look forward to putting our global network of professionals to work on behalf of Fair Trade USA’s members. We are already seeing interest in the Fair Trade USA standard from producers from the United States to Vietnam, and we look forward to meeting this growing demand."

Paul Alvarez, Senior Manager Certification Services at Fair Trade USA said, “Consumers highly value what Fair Trade certification delivers. Fair Trade is not just a way to do good, it is a way to transform business and meet producer’s sustainability goals. We are thrilled to work with Control Union as a recognized team for Fair Trade audits, giving producers a new certification body to choose from”.

Control Union Certifications is a recognized audit and certification body accredited and recognized for many popular sustainable production standards, including USDA NOP, European, and Korean organic standards; the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO); the UTZ Standard; PrimusGFS for global food safety; and the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA).

For more information, contact Jenna LeDoux at jledoux@fairtradeusa.org.

 

About Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers; protects fragile ecosystems; and builds strong, transparent supply chains through independent, third party certification. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ seal signifies that rigorous standards have been met in the production, trade and promotion of Fair Trade products from over 46 countries across the globe. Recognized as a leading social venture by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Skoll Foundation and Ashoka, Fair Trade USA also provides critical capacity-building programs at origin, and educates consumers about the power of their purchase. Visit FairTradeCertified.org for more information.

 

About Control Union

Control Union Certifications is a family-owned independent firm founded in 1920. From its more than 100 offices in 70 countries worldwide, Control Union carries out inspection, verification, and certification services on behalf of buyers and suppliers. Control Union offers a global one-stop-shop for a wide range of quality and sustainability certification programs, thereby reducing costs and improving efficiency for thousands of brands and suppliers worldwide. Control Union is proud to be a partner to Fair Trade USA. For more information, please visit certifications.controlunion.com.