Fair Trade Standards Development and Revision
In accordance with ISEAL, Fair Trade USA™ standards are reviewed at least every five years. We also regularly review Price and Premium rates to identify externalities that may affect our producer and industry partners and to ensure fair trade products deliver positive impact on the ground. Read our Standards Development and Revision Procedure to see how it works. To propose revisions or clarifications to a standard, please email us.
Now in its 25th year, and emerging from the cascade of unprecedented global market trends and instability stemming from the pandemic, Fair Trade USA is undertaking a multi-year evaluation of its programs and models that the moment requires. In order to respond to current and emerging forces threatening the viability of the livelihoods of farmers and workers, as well as the future of sustainable sourcing for industry, we started these evaluations with the Fair Trade Certified™ factory program announcing, among other changes, new premium rates early this year. This focus now turns to our Produce program and the wide range of premium rates across the category.
Fair Trade Produce Premium Announcement — November 2023