Fair Trade USA connects farmers, cooperatives and US businesses to facilitate joint business opportunities, relationships, and the growth of the Fair Trade market. Through Fair Trade, farmers benefit by gaining direct access to buyers and the US market. Fair Trade USA audits the global supply chain and certifies products to enable consumers to vote with their dollars. Fair Trade USA helps businesses grow their Fair Trade Certified product offerings.
United States Businesses
Fair Trade USA’s goal is to make your experience creating and selling Fair Trade products as successful as possible.Fair Trade USA partners with you throughout your journey.
If you already sell Fair Trade products, then look to the right to see what resources are available to you.
If you are interested in selling Fair Trade products, please browse the appropriate product page and then contact us once you’re ready to get started.
Developing and launching productsIdentifying ingredient / product sources
Market and production information for our products
Social media and PR support for launch
Growing your businessPoint of Sale materials
Stories of impact by producer
Maintaining certificationOnline product database
Fair Trade Producer, Exporter, and Trader lists, including Fair Trade IDs and contact information, are now located in the Resources Tab of the Partner Portal.
Producers & Exporters
Producer CertificationFair Trade USA is the leading certifier of Fair Trade Certified™ products in the United States. We audit Fair Trade supply chains for manufacturers and importers to ensure that all products labeled as Fair Trade Certified comply with our standards. We will soon begin to offer our comprehensive, cost-effective certification services for producers and exporters as well. To do so, Fair Trade USA has partnered with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a global leader in standards development and compliance with more than 25 years of experience.
STRENGTHENING FARMING COMMUNITIESFair Trade USA connects farmers and workers with U.S. businesses to deliver impact through the sales of Fair Trade Certified products. Through Fair Trade, producers gain direct access to U.S. buyers as Fair Trade USA works with business partners to indentify available Fair Trade supply from producer groups and facilitate origin trips. Plus we host hundreds of producers at the annual SCAA conference to foster long-term relationships between buyers and seller. We also offer Co-op Link, a capacity building program that provides training, access to capital and unique solutions to pressing community needs. We work to increase awareness of Fair Trade in the United States to create more sales opportunities for producers. And we measure and report Fair Trade impact stories to create a deep and personal relationship between producers and their U.S. business partners.
WE ACCEPT FLO-CERT CERTIFICATESProducers that are certified by FLO-CERT have worked hard to comply with standards and earn their Fair Trade certificates. Fair Trade USA will continue to recognize these certificates so that FLO-CERT certified producers are able, and encouraged, to sell their high-quality products to the U.S. market.
MORE BENEFITS FOR MORE PEOPLEIn addition to accepting FLO standards, Fair Trade USA is extending standards to more producer groups in more categories so that more people in more communities can benefit from Fair Trade. Over the past decade, Fair Trade USA has helped develop current FLO standards, contributing financially and through subject matter expertise. We will continue to use the FLO standards as the basis for future programs. We have engaged industry experts including SCS—and are developing Stakeholder Advisory Committees—to help us update and pilot more inclusive standards that will generate significantly more impact for farmers and farm workers.
Apparel and Home Goods Program
Beans & Grains Program
Body Care Program
Fresh Produce Program
Herbs and Spices Program
Multiple Ingredients Product Policy