Along with the application form and supporting documents, every applicant also needs at least three references. The individuals who agree to serve as your references should fill out our standard reference form and submit it directly to Please note that applicants are responsible for contacting their references and ensuring that they have submitted completed forms in a timely manner. FTF may follow up with references if additional information is needed.

For all applicants that work directly with producers (artisans or farmers), at least one reference form completed by an artisan or farmer is also required in order to be considered for membership. Applicants who do not work directly with producers do not need a producer reference.

Download Reference Forms

General Reference Form
Producer Reference Form- English
Producer Reference Form- Spanish
Producer Reference Form- French

Who should serve as a general reference?

A general reference can come from anyone who is not directly associated with your organization, but is very familiar with your trading practices and your commitment to fair trade. References from FTF members and others who are knowledgeable about fair trade are especially helpful. References should not come from employees or immediate family.

Who should serve as a producer reference?

A producer reference should come from the farmers/artisans who make the products that you sell. Producer reference forms are available in English, Spanish, and French. If the producers you work with are illiterate or speak a language other than those available, it is acceptable for a translator or transcriber to assist with completing the reference form.