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.
For information on the main themes and changes, see:
The current version of the standard below is applicable until 31 August 2015.
This standard was updated May 2011. For information on changes, see:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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