What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a relationship between consumers and producers. It ensures that producers are paid a fair, living wage for their products. Over a million farmers and workers in over 50 developing countries, and even in the United States, participate in Fair Trade.
Why choose Fair Trade products?
There are a number of benefits from choosing Fair Trade products:
- Living wages for farmers enables them to support their families and contribute to their communities
- Communities can use Fair Trade funds to invest in local businesses, healthcare, and education
- Democracy is encouraged by Fair Trade business practices through accountability, transparency and independence
- Small- scale farmers supported by Fair Trade help sustain biodiversity and environmentally-conscious farming practices
How do I know if a product is Fair Trade?
Look for the Fair Trade Certified™ label on products to which are produced by Fair Trade practices. This label means that TransFair USA, a non-profit organization that acts as a third party certifier, has verified that strict Fair Trade guidelines have been met. These guidelines are set by Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO).
In other countries, the FAIRTRADE™ label ensures that the product you are buying has been produced according to FLO’s standards, but certified by a group called National Initiatives (NIs).
A product with the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) label does not mean that the product has been certified Fair Trade, but does indicate that the product is being sold by a company which is a member of FTF. Members must demonstrate that their products are produced by artisans and producers who have been paid a fair wage.
Which products are Fair Trade Certified™?
In addition to craft items, many products from around the world and domestically are available through Fair trade:
Where can I learn more?