The FairTSA Fair Trade Standard
Announcing the New Standard Version 4.1
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 Social Responsibility
The Social Responsibility Standard is also based in the Basic Fair Trade Standard, but has no requirements regarding community development, premiums, and long-term relationships among others. While our heart is in supporting livable and sustainable rural communities, we recognize that in some situations the transition to full-fledged Fair Trade conditions is difficult to achieve. This is especially true for small and medium-sized companies with a varied product portfolio. Therefore, one option FairTSA offers is basic Social Responsibility Certification. Our standard covers all usual and customary social responsibility requirements such as the prohibition of child labor, fair labor practices including the right to unionize or create worker committees, and safe working conditions for farm workers and workers in processing facilities alike. In industrial Social Responsibility Certification, the cost for the certification is often borne by the producers. Big producers can cover that cost easily, while it may be a problem for smaller producers and farmers. Therefore, we insist that costs for Social Responsibility Certification under our program be borne at least partially by the processors in the 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.
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.