Fair Trade is a global movement made up of a diverse network of producers, companies, buyers, advocates, and organizations that focus on social compliance, health, and safety with priority given to human capital, community, and sustainability.
Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) believes that everyone wants to do what is right for their families, global citizens, and the planet. That is why we are committed to promoting good social practice throughout the value chains. Based on the simple idea that the products you buy and sell are connected to the livelihoods of others, Fair Trade is a way to make conscious choices for a better world and to build positive relationships.
Choosing Fair Trade Certified™ merchandise is a choice to support responsible business, fight poverty, empower farmers and fishermen, and protect the environment, all while striving to live justly. In other words, it is a way of doing business that changes the world.
FTUSA aims to build a global model around the concept that economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods are the foundation of a market that works for all. It promotes gender equality and focuses on social policy, respecting social standards through needs assessments and social certification.
Today's global marketplace enables and often encourages engagement at the expense of the workforce, especially migrant workers. For each Fair Trade product sold, the buyer pays a premium above the Fair Trade price. The amount of the premium goes into an account managed by a Fair Trade Committee that decides how to invest these funds to bring real social benefits to the community.
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Control Union is approved by Fair Trade USA to conduct social audits under the Agricultural Production Standard (APS) and for the Capture Fisheries Industry (CFS). Together with our team of qualified auditors, Control Union will audit farms, farmer groups, fishermen, and manufacturing units in accordance with Fair Trade USA guidelines.
For more information on the Agricultural Production Standard (APS), visit the Fair Trade USA website: https://www.fairtradecertified.org/
For more information on the Capture Fisheries Industry Standard (CFS), visit the Fair Trade USA website: https://partner.fairtradecertified.org/program-resources/mVM7yAV9WRAxoM6aVkVuk