Fair Trade Certification

Recognizing Sustainability and Equitable Trade Best Practices

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Fair Trade Certified™ products provide the rigorous social and environmental guarantees that many retailers and buyers are now demanding. The Fair Trade USA certification model is designed to ensure that trade practices at every level of the supply chain are registered and audited to the Fair Trade USA Agriculture Production and Capture Fisheries Standards (APS and CFS). Fair Trade empowers consumers to support farmers, farm workers, and fishers and to have a positive impact on agricultural 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 USA certification process, which includes a rigorous audit performed by SCS, your operation can achieve this distinctive recognition.

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, sugar, nuts, oils and butters, honey and spices, fresh fruit and vegetables, beans and grains, flowers, and certified ingredients used in ready-to-drink beverages. This list of products continues to expand.

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Why Choose SCS?

SCS offers the strongest expertise in the implementation of the Fair Trade USA Model, built from our long-standing collaboration with Fair Trade USA as the first approved certification body to both the APS and CFS programs. We are the certifer of choice, recognized for our expertise, commitment to quality, and transparency. In addition to auditing farms, estates, smallholders, fisheries and traders for conformance to Fair Trade USA standards, SCS Global Services offers a wide range of complementary certification services including SMETA, Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), Sustainably Grown, Veriflora, SAI-Farm Sustainability Assessment, Rainforest Alliance, USDA Organic and GFSI benchmarked food safety certifications such as GLOBALG.A.P. & PrimusGFS, GAP or GMP food safety audit.

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SCS services include certification to the following Fair Trade standards:

Agricultural Production Standard (APS)

Producers certified under the Fair Trade USA Agricultural ProductionStandard 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

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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

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Hear how Fair Trade USA certification can ensure sustainable trade practices at every level of your supply chain.


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