Ways of working with Fairtrade

With so many ways to work with us, Fairtrade is good for business.

Why Fairtrade is good for business

It means your company, whether it’s large or small, can help improve the lives of the farmers and workers who produce the products you sell and create a sustainable supply chain. It also means your customers can see the real ethical commitment of your business.

Independent GlobeScan research shows 85% of Canadian consumers who have seen the FAIRTRADE Mark trust it.

Increasingly consumers are demanding transparency in the sourcing of their food and their products. The best way to do this is through trusted independent, third party certification – Fairtrade.

Ways your business can work with us

There are five main ways that your business can get involved with Fairtrade;


    If your business owns finished products which you sell on to wholesalers, retailers, distributors, food service companies or directly to the public, you can become a licensee and carry the FAIRTRADE Mark on your goods.

    Hundreds of companies are already licensees with Fairtrade Canada proudly showing the FAIRTRADE Mark on their products.

    When you become a licensee, you will receive: 

    - Help compiling and updating your Fairtrade supply chain to make sure your product and its ingredients meet our rigorous ethical guidelines

    - Information about our promotional activities for you to participate in and benefit from

    - Regular updates with the latest Fairtrade news including ways to get more involved

    - Tools and advice on how to use the FAIRTRADE Mark effectively 

    There are three simple steps to becoming a licensee: 

    Step 1. Go through our licensing checklist and then submit your application

    Step 2. Once you have applied, you will be contacted by a Fairtrade Canada Category Specialist

    Step 3. When your application is complete and has been approved, you will then be a Fairtrade Canada licensee and ready to get your products certified


    If you are solely selling your Fairtrade products or ingredients in Canada, then you can get registered as a trader with Fairtrade Canada. This means your customers will be able to use your products or ingredients in their Fairtrade certified products.

    If you are buying and selling unfinished Fairtrade products or ingredients internationally, please visit the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation certification company FLO-Cert as you will need to become an internationally certified trader.

    When you join us as a registered trader, you will:

    - Receive help compiling and updating your Fairtrade supply chain to make sure your product and its ingredients meet our rigorous ethical guidelines.

    - Receive regular email updates with the latest Fairtrade news.

    How do I get involved?

    If you would like to become a registered trader, please read our Trader application page to learn about our requirements and contact us when you are ready to apply.

  • I want my business to stock and sell Fairtrade products

    If you are a restaurant, caterer, cafe or retailer, we can help you provide Fairtrade products for your customers.

    Check out the list of companies that are registered with Fairtrade Canada to trade in Fairtrade certified products and/or to use the Fairtrade certification mark. 


    Fairtrade Canada manages Fair Trade Programs in communities across Canada though our Town, Campus, School and Event Programs. Fairtrade Month and Fair Trade Campus Week are not-to-be missed promotions that our Programs actively participate in. This is your opportunity to connect with those community leaders so that they learn about your brand and have the opportunity to sample and learn where to purchase.

  • Licensee

    Our licensee checklist can help you determine whether you can become a licensee, or if there is another way for you to be involved with Fairtrade.

  • Trader

    Some companies may need to register as a Fairtrade trader rather than as a Fairtrade licensee.

  • Retailer

    Canadian customers want to know where their products come from, how they're grown or produced and by whom. Fairtrade Canada can help you in attracting this growing ethical consumer segment.