Fair trade is an ethical partnership between consumers and producers around the world. Food and other products that are purchased via Fair Trade support the farmers and artisans who produce them, their workers and communities, and the environment. Over a million farmers and workers in 58 developing countries—across Africa, Asia, and Latin America—are currently participating in Fair Trade.
Fair Trade benefits farmers and workers and their communities by guaranteeing decent living wages for products—wages that enable producers to support their families and contribute to the betterment of their communities. By eliminating unnecessary middlemen, Fair Trade empowers farmers to deal directly with importers, giving them the tools and the revenue to build their businesses and shed poverty.
Communities that participate can invest Fair Trade funds in their own businesses (for training programs and organic certification, for example) as well as needs like healthcare and education. Fair Trade encourages democratic decision-making, transparency and accountability in business relationships, independence, and gender equity. It ensures that people work in safe conditions, without practices that jeopardize their health or well being. As appreciation for their products becomes increasingly apparent, Fair Trade producers develop pride in their work and their communities.
TransFair USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is one of twenty members of Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), and the only third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States.
The Fair Trade Federation links low-income producers with consumer markets and educate consumers about the importance of purchasing fairly traded product.