Our Standard

The FairTSA Fair Trade Standard

Announcing the New Standard Version 4.0

First, we would like to thank all those who have commented and gave input. Secondly, we would like to ensure all partners that there are no immediate changes necessary and we will ensure a smooth and reasonable transition. 

Please note: There will be a one-year transition period where certification under Standard Version 3.2 is still permissible.

Here are some of the new features:

• We reorganized and reformatted the standard so that it is easier to reference.

• The readability of the standard was improved without making it too complex, so that an interested layperson would be able to understand the main requirements.

• All ILO conventions are referenced in our labor requirements to increase clarity.
 
• We kept the structure with a separate Guide for Inspection and Certification, which gives additional guidance and clearly defines major non-compliances. It also defines sanctions more precisely to maintain fairness among all certified operations regardless of the certification agency, and at the same time makes the job for inspectors and reviewers easier. This structure also improves readability of the standard.

• The requirements for Social Responsibility certification are considerably easier to discern.

• We are also introducing new certification options for textile operations, with one based on the Global organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and another based on the Global Recycled Standard.

• In addition, we are introducing a new logo on a test basis for Socially Responsible Processing of non-food products. We do this to support smaller processors and manufacturers and let them participate in our lean and inexpensive certification system. We will closely monitor the development of this program part.

FairTSA Socially Responsible Processing 

This New Logo is 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  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.

GoCaps GmbH of Edling, Germany and CapsCanada of Tecumseh, ON, Canada are our first customers in this program. Congratulations for achieving this ambitious goal for their capsules manufactured in South America. You can contact them here.

FaIRTSA 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.