Fair Trade RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS
Third party certification and verification systems are recognized by Fair Trade Campaigns nationally (Fair Trade LA is a member of this organization) because they hold businesses accountable to their commitments, and provide others with a voice. Learn more about Fair Trade organizations in the U.S. below.
Fairtrade is the world’s largest and most recognized fair trade system, and consists of three producer networks, Fairtrade International, 32 Fairtrade organizations, and FLOCERT, Fairtrade’s independent certification body. They license the FAIRTRADE Mark, the world’s most recognized ethical label found on over 27,000 products in 120 countries. The FAIRTRADE Mark is backed by global standards developed through consultation with producers and their trade partners and audited by a rigorous certification system from farm to shelf. More than 1.2 million farmers and workers around the world participate. Fairtrade farmers and workers are represented at the highest levels of decision-making, including Fairtrade International’s Board of Directors, General Assembly, and Standards Committee.
Find more about Fairtrade America and the products you can find on U.S. shelves, click here.
Fair Trade USA, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. They audit transactions between US companies offering Fair Trade Certified™ products and the international suppliers from whom they source, in order to guarantee that the farmers and farm workers behind Fair Trade Certified goods were paid a fair, above-market price. In addition, annual inspections are conducted on the farms to ensure that strict socioeconomic development criteria are being met using increased Fair Trade revenues.
For a list of Fair Trade Certified products, click here.
“Fair for Life” is a brand neutral third party certification program for social accountability and fair trade in agricultural, manufacturing and trading operations. Fair for Life Fair Trade certification was developed by the Swiss BioFoundation and Institute for Marketecology (IMO), also based in Switzerland, and first came to the North American markets in 2007. It was developed as a complementary approach to the existing Fair Trade certification system. The Fair for Life Social & FairTrade Program is based on Fair Trade International (FLO) standards and ISEAL recommendations for social standard setting.
For more information and Fair for Life and the products they certify, click here.
Fair Trade Federation
The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. Members are rigorously evaluated for their full commitment to FTF’s Nine Principles – companies that have Fair Trade at the heart of what they do. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.
For a list of Fair Trade Federation Members, click here.