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Fair Trade Certification

Recognizing Sustainability and Equitable Trade

Jennifer Watters   |  
510.452.8054   |  

Fair Trade Certified™ products provide the rigorous social and environmental guarantees that many retailers and buyers are now demanding. Fair Trade empowers consumers to support farmers, farm workers, and fishers and to have a positive impact on farm and fishing communities through their everyday purchases.


SCS is the first certification body auditing to the Fair Trade USA agriculture and seafood standards, informed by over three decades of experience in sustainable agriculture and sustainable seafood assessment. Through this partnership with Fair Trade USA, we are extending our common aims of helping businesses and consumers support workers and communities across the globe while protecting the environment. By requesting and successfully completing the Fair Trade certification process, including a rigorous audit performed by SCS, your operation can achieve this distinctive recognition.

  • Service Offerings
  • Certification Process
  • Benefits
  • Complementary Services

SCS offers Fair Trade USA certification services worldwide for agricultural and seafood producers and products covered by Fair Trade USA standards, including: seafood, coffee, tea, herbs, cocoa, fresh fruit and vegetables, sugar, beans and grains, flowers, nuts, oils and butters, honey and spices, and certified ingredients used in ready-to-drink beverages. This list of products continues to expand.

Agricultural Production Standard (APS)

Producers certified under the Fair Trade USA Agricultural Production Standard demonstrate compliance with requirements in the following areas:

  • Empowerment
  • Fundamental Rights at Work
  • Wages, Working Conditions, and Access to Services
  • Biodiversity, Ecosystem Function, and Sustainable Production
  • Traceability and Transparency
  • Internal Management System

Capture Fisheries Standard (CFS)

Fisheries certified under the Fair Trade USA Capture Fisheries Standard demonstrate compliance with requirements in the following areas:

  • Structural Requirements
  • Empowerment & Community Development
  • Fundamental Human Rights
  • Wages, Working Conditions, and Access to Services
  • Resource Management
  • Trade Requirements

Capture Fisheries Program Infographic

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