The Fair Trade Certified Mark
is a certification mark used in Canada
and in the United States
. It appears on products as an independent guarantee that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal. The Fair Trade Certified Mark is the North American
equivalent of the International Fairtrade Certification Mark
used in Europe
and New Zealand
For a product to carry either Certification Marks, it must come from FLO-CERT inspected and certified producer organizations. The crops must be grown and harvested in accordance with the International Fairtrade standards set by FLO International. The supply chain is also monitored by FLO-CERT to ensure the integrity of labelled products. Only TransFair USA or TransFair Canada licensees can use the Fair Trade Certified Mark on their products.
The Canadian Fair Trade Certified Mark was introduced by TransFair Canada on the Canadian market in 1997.
The American Fair Trade Certified Mark was introduced by TransFair USA on the American market in 1998.