The Difference: Verification & Certification

Fair trade verification and certification are often mistakenly used interchangeably in North America. Although they both use the words “fair trade,” these approaches differ. We hope this information is helpful in understanding the diverse practices in the fair trade movement. Certification Fair trade certification is offered by organizations such as Fair for Life, Fairtrade International, and […]

Fair Trade Month Giveaway

Tell us about your favorite fair trade item during #FairTradeMonth, and you will be entered to win a free fair trade product! Join us in celebrating Fair Trade Month for a chance to win one of eighteen prizes donated by #FTFverified businesses. Please see below for prize details, how to enter, and official sweepstakes rules. How to Enter: Tell us about your favorite product from […]

Support Disaster Relief Efforts Worldwide

We are profoundly saddened to see the devastation caused by recent hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, and famine in East Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean, the U.S., and South Asia. The fair trade community is mobilizing to support our partners in the affected regions. Your help is needed. The following is a list of Fair Trade Federation members, […]

August Fair Trade Spotlight

Zee Bee Market is a fair trade retailer dedicated to socially and environmentally conscious products and practices.

July Fair Trade Spotlight

Cheppu from Himalaya works with artisans in Nepal to offer free-spirited fashions and gifts from Roof of the World, the Himalayas. It was founded in 1985 by owner Christine Kolisch. The organization has been a member of the Fair Trade Federation since 2004. Through their holistic dedication to fair trade, Cheppu from Himalaya has and continues […]

A Look Back: 2017 Conference & Expo

The Fair Trade Federation’s 360° Fair Trade Conference and Expo is the largest fair trade conference in the United States.

Verifying Fair Trade Businesses: Rigorous, Educational, and Valuable for All

Becoming FTF Verified Applying for Fair Trade Federation membership means undergoing a deep investigation into the fair trade practices incorporated into every aspect of a business. Business owners and employees demonstrate how they build fair trade practices into day-to-day operations and trading relationships. They sometimes need to reevaluate those practices and make adjustments to meet […]


True fair trade is about mutually beneficial relationships rooted in trust and respect spanning geographic and cultural boundaries. As a global movement, fair trade brings attention to people around the world who work under exploitative conditions and highlights the true costs of goods in global supply chains. Organizations and activists, businesses and brands, farmers, workers […]

Retailers: Creating emotional connections with customers will give you an advantage in 2017

One thing that should be no surprise to many fair trade retailers, is that the retail marketplace is becoming increasingly more challenging. Much has been written and speculated on the topic, but one truth remains constant: It is essential to build an emotional connection and meaningful relationship with your customers. A 2016 Harvard Business Review […]

Alternatives to Average Gifts this Season

How transparent are the companies and brands we support? Think about the average gift we give during the holidays. We often do not know who make it, what materials have gone into it, or the methods behind its production. What are the conditions for the workers creating these products? Did they receive a fair wage? […]