Trader 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 Trader Standard

This standard applies to all Fairtrade certified traders trading in Fairtrade products and is valid from 1 March 2015. It will come into force on 1 September 2015 and will be applied to all audits taking place from that date onward (except for labour and environment requirements, which will be applicable as of 1 January 2017).

This version will supersede all previous versions.

Fairtrade Trader Standard

Criterio de Comercio Justo Fairtrade para Comerciantes

Standard Fairtrade pour les Acteurs Commerciaux

Criterio do Comercio Justo Fairtrade para Comerciante

For information on the main themes and changes, see:

Fact sheet

Main changes


Current version

The current version of the standard below is applicable until 31 August 2015.

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 Trader Standard above, companies which trade in particular products (e.g. bananas) must also comply with the trader-specific criteria in the Fairtrade Standards for the relevant products. If you're sourcing from a small producer organization, view the product standards here. If you're sourcing from a hired labour organization, view the product standards here.

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 requirements (section 2.2 "Product Composition" of the Trader 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 Trader 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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