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About Us

Fair trade is a way of shopping and doing business differently. It changes the way trade works by prioritizing better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in the Global South. See the people behind this photo.

Fair trade brings people together

Many of the products we enjoy every day – coffee, chocolate, bananas – have traveled thousands of miles over oceans and countless hands to land in stores in the United States. Fair trade brings together all of the people – the farmers, traders, brands, retailers and shoppers – to create a more equitable world through trade.

Nearly 2 million farmers and workers worldwide are Fairtrade certified

50% of the voting members at our General Assembly are Fairtrade farmers and workers.

2,400+ brands offer more than 30,000 Fairtrade certified products globally

Banana farmer in Ghana holds young Fairtrade certified banana plant.
Yellow Fairtrade certified bananas sit in a beautiful produce display.

Fair trade fights inequality

We are the US branch of the largest and most recognized fair trade system in the world – Fairtrade International. We work to create a world where all farmers and workers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods so that they can thrive and have the freedom to decide on their own futures.

We do this by supporting and challenging US businesses to prioritize the people and places that are behind the products we use every day. By improving the terms of trade – a notorious driver of inequality – we put money back in the hands of farmers and workers, which they choose how to spend.

Supporting businesses on their path to sustainability

Fair and equitable trade is a powerful way to level the playing field. That’s why we work with businesses of all sizes to source products from Fairtrade certified producers that follow our rigorous environmental, social and economic standards.

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Ben & Jerry's

Fairtrade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie. The whole concept of Fairtrade goes to the heart of our values and the sense of right and wrong. Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting somebody else.

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Endangered Species Chocolate

"Endangered Species Chocolate is committed to crafting delicious premium chocolate while supporting species, habitat, and humanity." - Curt Vander Meer, CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate

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Nespresso

Nespresso has been committed to sustainable sourcing for 30+ years. But the last five years have set Nespresso’s Fairtrade farmers on a path of long-term wellbeing even after their farming days are over.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that isn’t answered – let us know by emailing us at questions@fairtradeamerica.org.