Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit organization, is a third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America. Fair Trade USA audits and certifies transactions between domestic companies and their international suppliers to ensure that farmers and workers were paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment and receive community development funds to empower and improve their communities.
Fair Trade USA also educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the system and provides farming communities with the tools, training and resources they need to thrive as international businesspeople. Products certified include: coffee, cocoa, tea, sugar, produce, grains, body care, textiles, honey, flowers, spices, wine and spirits.
The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit conservation organization that certifies farms, ensuring that they meet rigorous standards for the conservation of natural resources and the rights and welfare of workers and local communities. The Rainforest Alliance works with people, whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers.
From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, they involve businesses and consumers worldwide in their efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily. Products certified include: bananas, citrus, coffee, cacao and flowers
Institute for Marketecology (IMO) Social & Fair Trade Certification
The Institute for Marketecology (IMO) Social & Fair Trade Certification ensures that human rights are guaranteed at any stage of production, workers enjoy good and fair working conditions and that smallholder farmers receive a fair share. Fair trade improves the livelihood of thousands of smallholder farmers and workers by providing the means for social community projects and empowerment of people. "Fair for Life" is a brand neutral third party certification program for Social Accountability and Fair Trade in agricultural, manufacturing and trading operations.
The Program offers operators of socially responsible projects a solution for objective inspection and certification by a highly qualified external verifier. It combines strict Social and Fair Trade standards with adaptability to local conditions. The system is designed for both food and non food commodities (cosmetics, textiles etc.). Products certified include: coffee, cacao, sugar, tea, fruit, vegetables, grains, oil, nuts, wine, textiles and bodycare products
Fairtrade International supports local environmental responsibility, better prices, labor rights and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. This global non-profit organization is comprised of regional producer networks that represent the interests of farmers and workers along with national organizations that support sales of products in consumer countries. They also play a key role in setting global standards that all certifiers work by.
By requiring companies to pay fair prices and an additional Fairtrade Premium for community and economic development, they help farmers and workers to improve their position and take more control over their lives.