Fair Trade USA (FTUSA), is an internationally-renown social enterprise that promotes sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. Founded in 1998, FTUSA is the leading independent third-party certifier of fair trade products in North America. Its unique market-based model for sustainability links millions of farmers, workers and fishers in impoverished communities around the world to leading brands and retailers via more direct, equitable trading partnerships. Fair Trade USA has emerged as one of the most promising models of conscious capitalism today.
Fair Trade USA is recognized for improving the working conditions and living standards of farmers, workers and fishers by enabling them to earn additional income to invest in their communities and in protecting their local environments. At the same time, it works with brands and retailers to help make sustainability a driver of profitability for the business community.
For today’s conscious consumer, Fair Trade USA provides a way to align values with purchasing decisions. Its widely recognized and trusted Fair Trade Certified™ seal on a product signifies that it was made according to rigorous fair trade standards that promote sustainable livelihoods and safe working conditions, protection of the environment and strong, transparent supply chains.
Since inception, FTUSA has channeled over $830 million in additional income to hardworking families and communities around the world. It currently partners with over 1400 brands in over 30 different product categories in the U.S. and beyond.