To receive the fair trade label, a product has to comply with standards all along the supply chain – including producers, traders and wholesalers. Small farmers are required to be organized in cooperatives or other groups that allow democratic participation. Plantations and factories can use the fair trade label if employers pay their workers decent wages, comply with health, safety and environmental standards, allow workers to join unions or other forms of associations, provide good housing if workers are not living at home, and do not use child labor or forced labor.
Companies must ensure that the additional revenue generated by receiving fair trade prices for the products is used for the benefit of the workers. To date, fair trade certification has been granted to coffee, tea, cocoa, rice, juices, sugar, spices, herbs, cotton, flowers, honey, wine, rum, bananas, mangoes, pineapple and a variety of other fresh and dried fruit.