The purpose of fair trade is to reduce poverty among small producers and maintain their sources of employment, enabling them to sell their products, with fewer problems, to industrialized nations. Fair trade also contributes to the protection of ecosystems in areas where producers live, the biodiversity of the various regions and sustainable use of human and natural resources.
There is currently no “Fair Trade” certification available in the US for olive oil. Nevertheless, Oxfam Belgium has found PARC-supplied olive oil consistent with its criteria for fair trade practices, and sells the oil in its fair trade stores.
Below are links to various documents that contain additional information regarding this issue.