Companies and producers trading Fairtrade products must meet the standard described below.
Elma stands in front of stacks of coffee sacks ready for export at the warehouse of Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala (FECCEG) warehouse in Xela.
Image © Sean Hawkey
This standard applies to traders who buy and sell Fairtrade products, and/or handle the Fairtrade price and premium.
It defines rules around the product composition, traceability, use of
the Mark, to ensure that the Fairtrade Marks are credible.
It also includes requirements and voluntary best practices to ensure
that Fairtrade products are traded in fair and sustainable ways that
contribute to producer empowerment.
Principles underlying this Standard
Transparency: All terms and conditions of Fairtrade transactions are detailed in contracts signed by the producers and buyers.
Fair price: Producers receive at least a Fairtrade Minimum Price, which aims at covering average costs of sustainable production, or the market price, whichever is higher.
Fairtrade Premium: On top of the price, producers receive a Fairtrade Premium, which they can invest in their own development, according to their needs.
Market information for planning: Producers receive sourcing plans and information about market prospects, to enable them to better plan their activities.
Pre-finance: Producers have access to pre-finance, to help them fund their operations.
Trading with integrity: Operators along the Fairtrade supply chains do not engage in unfair trading practices.
Labour and environment: Traders in Fairtrade supply chains comply with labour and environmental law.
Standards related to use of materials from the
Hazardous Materials List (HML)
Previous version of the standard
Explanatory documents about this 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
Fairtrade Minimum Prices and Premiums
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
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 (XLS, last updated 15 January 2019) 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.