TransFair USA

(Unverified non-profit organisation)

TransFair USA, a nonprofit organization, is one of twenty members of Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), and the only third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. It audits transactions between US companies offering Fair Trade Certified™ products and the international suppliers from whom they source, in order to guarantee that the farmers and farm workers behind Fair Trade Certified goods were paid a fair, above-market price. In addition, annual inspections conducted by FLO ensure that strict socioeconomic development criteria are being met using increased Fair Trade revenues.

Fair Trade Certified coffee is now the fastest-growing segment of the US specialty coffee market. TransFair USA opened its doors in late 1998 and began certifying Fair Trade coffee in 1999.

In the past 10 years, TransFair has leveraged limited resources to certify over 334 million pounds of coffee into the U.S. market. This translates to an estimated additional 140 million dollars flowing into rural farming communities throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia. In 2008 alone, TransFair certified nearly 90 million pounds, yielding an additional 32 million dollars to these farming communities, and enabling cooperatives and their members not only to have a better standard of living, but also to invest in community projects such as building schools, providing healthcare and improving the quality of their coffee.

Website

http://www.transfairusa.org/

Year established

1998

Organisation annual cash turnover (in US$ equivalent)

1 million - 100 million

Participant in relevant networks

Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International

About this organisation

Partnership types

Standards and guidelines development; Provision of services / personnel

Regions / countries / territories

Americas: United States

Global issues

Trade and development

Business sectors

Community and social services