Certified Fair Trade

Fair trade foods come from all over world and the number of countries participating in fair trade grows every year. Normally fair trade foods do not come from North America but increasingly foods from marginalized people in the first world are gaining certification as the rules change

FLO The international fair trade mark is the registered trademark of Fairtrade International (FLO). The mark certifies that products meet the social, economic and environmental set by Fairtrade. The Mark certifies products not companies. It does not cover the companies or organizations selling the products.

IMO Fair for Life applies fair trade principles to relevant domestic or regional trade and requires ethical working conditions along the entire trade chain. Fair for Life only certified products that are handled by companies that demonstrate decent working conditions for all their staff.

Whole Trade Guarantee seal appears on various items. The seal means that the product meets key criteria; meet strict product Quality Standards, provide more money to producers, ensure better wages and working conditions for workers, care for the environment, donate 1% of sales to Whole Planet Foundation®

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit conservation organization that certifies farms, ensuring that they meet rigorous standards for the conservation of natural resources and the rights and welfare of workers and local communities.

Established in 2008, the FairWild Foundation promotes the sustainable use of wild-collected ingredients, with a fair deal for all those involved throughout the supply chain.

FTUSA To earn a license from Fair Trade USA to use the Fair Trade Certified™ label on their products, companies must buy from certified farms or organizations, pay Fair Trade prices and premiums and submit to a rigorous supply chain audits.

EcoSocial certification applies to companies, properties, and producer groups that envision the development of an internal process of human, social and environmental development stimulated by commercial relationships that are based on the principles of Fair Trade.

Direct Fair Trade

Direct Fair Trade involves a direct relationship between the seller and the farmer. There is no middle organization. The seller determines that the farmer is practicing fair trade principles such as fair treatment of workers and sustainable agriculture. Direct fair trade sellers claim that more money is returned to the farmer’s communities for medical care, clean water and education. Here's what to look for:

On the product packaging there will be a statement about the company's relationship with the growers of their products.

Sometimes they will give the names of the farmers.