Fair trade certifications

Fair trade certifications

Responding to different realities in the field, fair trade certifications have multiplied in recent years.



http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/8/8a/Fairtradelogo2r.jpgFairtrade is the historic label, the best known of all fair trade labels. Fairtrade Belgium grants its label to over 1,500 products on the Belgian market. This certification is given to products that meet international standards set by Fairtrade International, and chiefly concern production conditions and prices. To provide this guarantee, Fairtrade Belgium and FLO Cert monitor the entire chain, from producer to consumer.

www.fairtradebelgium.be  - www.fairtrade.net

WFTO guarantee system (GS)

http://www.wfto.com/sites/default/files/WFTO%20Product%20Label%20web_SMALL.pngIn 2011, the membership of the WFTO decided to develop a new type of Fair Trade system to improve Fair Trade practices in the supply chain and to meet the ever-growing demand for a more trustworthy Fair Trade recognition scheme in the international market.  

The Guarantee System has five major components: a new membership admission procedure, a Self-Assessment Report, a Monitoring Audit, a Peer Visit, and the Fair Trade Accountability Watch (FTAW). The FTAW is a participative monitoring mechanism that allows the public to report compliance issues regarding Fair Trade Organisations.

Members that passed the GS process achieve ‘Guaranteed Fair Trade Organisation’ status and may use the WFTO Label on their products. The WFTO Product signifies that the practices across the supply chain are checked against the WFTO Fair Trade Standard.



Small Producers Symbol

The "Small Producers Symbol" was officially launched in November 2010 in Honduras. As stated by the National Coordination of Fair Trade in Peru (NCLA), the initiative came in response to Fairtrade International, which no longer exclusively reserves its Fairtrade label to small producers: « the international organisation that certifies fair trade in the world, has allowed large businesses to become certified to the detriment of small producers ». 

The label comprises a comprehensive set of criteria for production, management, respect for the environment, the management of relations between producers and purchasing organisations...



Fair for Life

The Fair for Life certification programme was launched in Switzerland in 2006 by the Bio-Foundation and IMO (Institute for Market ecology) with the explicit intention of setting itself apart from the system established by FLO International. The objective was to allow all fair trade producers and operators - including those who were unable to join the FLO system – to benefit from independent certification evidencing their observance of criteria such as: rejection of forced labour and child labour, freedom of association, safe and decent working conditions, etc.

The Fair for Life label is applied to agricultural produce (fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, oils, etc.), and also to seafood, cosmetics, textiles, crafts and even toys.



Fair Wild

fairwild-logo.JPGThe growing demand for natural products in the food, cosmetics and medicinal sectors is putting great pressure on vulnerable plants; threatening local ecosystems and plant collecting communities, who normally belong to the poorest social groups.

FairWild standard guarantees buyers that the products have been harvested and processed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.


"Prix Juste Producteurs" - Fair Producer Price

The ‘Fair Producer Price’ label is a fair trade initiative for agricultural producers in Belgium. It aims at allowing producers to take into account their production costs (including their working hours).
This label was created by the “Collège des Producteurs” (Board of Producers). It labels the quality of business relations between producers and their first clients (in direct sales, this would be the end consumer; otherwise, first clients are dairy plants, slaughterhouses, etc.).

www.prixjuste.be and www.collegedesproducteurs.be