Trade Standard

Companies and producers trading Fairtrade products must meet the standard described below.

Principles underlying this standard

Companies trading Fairtrade products must:

  • Pay a price to producers that aims to cover the costs of sustainable production: the Fairtrade Minimum Price.
  • Pay an additional sum that producers can invest in development: the Fairtrade Premium.
  • Partially pay in advance, when producers ask for it.
  • Sign contracts that allow for long-term planning and sustainable production practices.

Download the Trade Standard

This standard applies to all traders and producers trading in Fairtrade products.

   Fairtrade Trade Standard

   Criterio Comercial

   Standards Commerciaux

   Critérios Comerciais

This standard was updated May 2011. For information on changes, see:

   Main Changes

   Documento sobre los Principales Cambios

   Document de Changements Principaux

Companies should also refer to the list of permitted countries to which Fairtrade standards apply.

Explanatory documents about this Standard

To accompany this Standard, Fairtrade has produced an ‘explanatory document’ to help producers and traders understand and apply the Standard.

  Explanatory Document for the Trade Standard

  Documento explicativo de los Criterios Genéricos Comerciales

Product Standards

In addition to the trade Standards above, companies which trade in particular products (e.g. bananas) must also comply with the Fairtrade Standards for those products. View product Standards for small producers and product Standards for hired labour.

Minimum Prices and Premiums for all Fairtrade certified products are published separately to the product Standards in the Minimum Prices and Premiums Online Database.

Food composite products

Comparison between former composite product guidelines and current Standard

The following document compares the rules of the former composite product guidelines with the current food composite products standard (section 2.2 "Product Composition" of the Generic Trade Standard), and explains the differences between them.

  Comparison between former guidelines and current Standard

Unavailable Fairtrade Ingredients List

To accompany Section 2.2 of the Generic Trade Standard (Product Composition), Fairtrade has introduced an "Unavailable Fairtrade Ingredients List" to help producers of food composite products and food composite ingredients identify which ingredients are currently unavailable as Fairtrade.

   Unavailable Fairtrade Ingredients List

Food Composite Product Exception Committee

The Food Composite Product (FCP) Exceptions Committee provides guidelines for the granting of exceptions to the FCP Policy. Members are appointed and its Terms of References are approved by the Fairtrade International Board. Please see a list of members here.

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