Every applicant must submit at least three references. Applicants are responsible for contacting references and ensuring that each submits the provided reference forms in a timely manner. For all applicants working directly with producers (artisans or farmers), at one reference form completed by an artisan or farmer involved in production of items sold is required.  Applicants who do not work directly with producers do not need a producer reference.  If additional information is needed, FTF staff may follow up directly with the individual providing a reference.

Who should serve as a general reference?

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

Who should serve as a producer reference?

A producer reference should be from a producer who grows/makes products your business sells. Producer reference forms are available in English, Spanish, and French. If the producers with whom you work are illiterate or speak a language other than the translations available, it is acceptable for a translator or transcriber to assist the producer in completing the reference form.  Please consult with the Membership Manager.

Download Reference Forms

The below links are to Word documents on which individuals may type their answers. If they do not download as Word documents, please contact the Membership Manager.

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


Contact the Membership Manager for more info: 302-655-5024 or