Fair Trade Products
The Fair Trade Certified seal means that the product has met strict production, trade, and promotion standards, as verified (on a yearly basis) by the nonprofit organization Fair Trade USA. Specific requirements vary by product and industry but mainly focus on the well-being of those growing and processing products, and on the environment around them. Some requirements include banning child and forced labor, improving workers’ health and safety, and caring for the environment by promoting biodiversity and and controlling risks from pesticides and waste. All Fair Trade products are sold at a premium with the additional cost going directly back to farmers and workers to support community development projects.