250 worker cooperatives. More than 20 companies. 1 mission.
Our mission is to bring Catholics closer to their faith through education, advocacy and access to ethically produced products of the highest standards. It’s also our promise.
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The vetting process behind our promise
Our partner vetting process employs the principles of the world’s leading fair trade organizations. We go a step further to ensure these companies’ business practices are not in conflict with Catholic social teaching. Our comprehensive process includes online reviews, phone interviews and a third-party review. Because that’s what it takes to get the CRS Ethical Trade seal of approval.
CRS Ethical Trade partner criteria
Ensure fair and prompt payment to workers
Protection for women and children
Safe working conditions
Third party verification
Support outreach efforts in communities where products are sourced
Honor producers’ cultural norms and practices
for the environment
Promote environmental stewardship through sustainable production practices, materials and methods
In addition to the above criteria, companies featured in the CRS Ethical Trade Directory are not involved in supporting, producing, or providing access to procedures or materials in conflict with Catholic social and moral teaching related to abortions, abortifacients, contraceptives, fetal stem cell research, adult entertainment, military weapons, nuclear arms, or landmines.
Discover the wonderful, ethical world of fair trade.
Our partners are not the only ethical companies out there. You can find more companies that carry fairly traded products by visiting the ethical business and fair trade membership, and certification organizations below.
The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association of businesses and organizations in North America fully committed to fair trade. Members are rigorously evaluated for their full commitment to FTF’s Nine Principles. Explore Fair Trade Federation Members and their products.
Fairtrade America is the U.S. arm of Fairtrade International. Fairtrade America licenses the FAIRTRADE Mark. The FAIRTRADE Mark is backed by global standards developed through consultation with producers and their trade partners and audited by a rigorous certification system. Farmers and workers are represented on Fairtrade International’s Board of Directors, General Assembly, and Standards Committee. Discover certified Fairtrade products.
Fair Trade USA is a third-party certifier of fair trade products in the United States. Fair Trade USA standards enable sustainable development and community empowerment benefiting workers around the world. They audit transactions between U.S. companies offering Fair Trade Certified™ products and their international suppliers, in order to guarantee that the farmers and farm workers were paid a fair, above-market price. Explore Fair Trade Certified products.
Fair for Life is a third-party certification program for social responsibility and fair trade. The Fair for Life program standards cover many agricultural, manufacturing and trading operations otherwise excluded from fair trade certification. They require ethical working conditions throughout the supply chain. Learn more about companies and products certified by Fair for Life.
Certified B Corporations are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Explore certified B Corporations.
Fair Trade Proof was developed by Cooperative Coffees a North American, fair trade coffee roaster cooperative. It is a transparent system for tracing coffee purchases from the farmers to the roasters. Learn more about participating coffee roasters,cooperatives and their contracts.
The Small Producers’ Symbol was launched to build a local and global market that values the identity and the economic, social, cultural and ecological contributions of products from Small Producers’ Organizations. Discover companies buying coffee with the Small Producers Symbol.
The World Fair Trade Organization maintains the Guarantee System. The guarantee system is an assurance mechanism that Fair Trade is implemented in the supply chain and practices of the organization. Members that pass a rigorous 5-step process attain ‘Guaranteed Fair Trade Organization’ status. Explore Guaranteed Fair Trade Organizations.