FairTSA Fair Trade Basic Standard
Announcing the Publication of the Draft of NEW Standard Version 4.0
We welcome feedback and comments – please send them to us here. The comment period will end on January 15 and we intend to publish the final version in February 2020.
The FairTSA Fair Trade Basic Standard covers agricultural products and
processing as well as cosmetics. From its inception, the FairTSA Standards
have been designed to comply with the requirements of the International
Standardization Organization (ISO). The standard attempts to combine firm
and clear requirements with enough flexibility to cover culturally diverse
situations. For products certified under this standard, the whole supply chainin the country of origin must be certified.
The Social Responsibility Standard is also based in the Basic Fair TradeStandard, but has no requirements regarding community development,premiums, and long-term relationships among others. While our heart is insupporting livable and sustainable rural communities, we recognize that insome situations the transition to full-fledged Fair Trade conditions is difficultto achieve. This is especially true for small and medium-sized companieswith a varied product portfolio. Therefore, one option FairTSA offers is basicSocial Responsibility Certification. Our standard covers all usual andcustomary social responsibility requirements such as the prohibition of childlabor, fair labor practices including the right to unionize or create workercommittees, and safe working conditions for farm workers and workers inprocessing facilities alike. In industrial Social Responsibility Certification, thecost for the certification is often borne by the producers. Big producers cancover that cost easily, while it may be a problem for smaller producers andfarmers. Therefore, we insist that costs for Social Responsibility Certificationunder our program be borne at least partially by the processors inthe country of origin or the buyers in the countries of the North. The Social Responsibility certification is currently also governed by a Guidance Document and will be incorporated in Standard Version 4.0.
Socially Responsible Processing
New Logo for the Manufacturing and Processing of Non-Food Products Only
In response to requests form interested parties, we are introducing a
new certification with an amended logo. The Social Responsibility Program for non-food processing facilities includes conventional textile factories only. The requirements cover all applicable International Labor Conventions as well the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, in the same way that that our Fair Trade
program and the Social Responsibility program do for food products. The main difference with this program that it does not cover the whole supply chain, but only the certified facilities.
Domestic Fair Trade
The FairTSA Domestic Fair Trade Standard covers situations especiallyfor migrant, seasonal and undocumented workers in the countries of the so-called “developed” Northern Hemisphere. Cheap labor still enablesa lot of the agricultural production in so-called developed countries, and webelieve that for these workers the same or at least similar standards as forregular workers should apply, including proper representation andparticipation. Domestic Fair Trade certification is currently undergoing a major revision. A Guidance Document specifying changes to the current version was issued in October 2018, and the new version 2.0 will be issued as soon as possible.