Fair Trade Certifiers & Membership
|Certification - a third-party
certifier audits the supply chains of specific products from
point of origin to point of sale against fair trade criteria.
Depending on the certifier they may only certify a specific product
or an entire organization and its products.Membership Organization
- evaluates organizations for their full commitment to Fair Trade
principles and accepts only 100% fair trade organizations
- screening process only, no on the ground audit.This
chart summarizes the logos of relevant certification programs
and membership organizations. A product sold by a company that
is a member of a fair trade organization may not have gone through
third party certification; conversely, a product certified fair
trade under a certification program does not mean that
the company that produces that certified product is itself a
dedicated fair trade company.
Agriculture Justice Project (AJP): Food Justice
Food Justice Certified is based on the AJP standards which were
developed specifically for North American food system operations.
Many social justice labels in the marketplace today, such as
Fair Trade, have been developed to meet the needs of small farmers
in the southern hemisphere selling to buyers in the northern
hemisphere. Food Justice Certified brings the concept of fair
trade to the domestic setting.
The AJP standards were developed with extensive
input from stakeholders, including farmworkers, food system workers,
farmers, certifiers, processors/manufacturers, retailers, and
representatives of indigenous populations. Our highly participatory
method for creating this program has allowed us to find the gold
standard for social justice in our food system that is functional
and achievable for all business types.
Additional pieces of our program that sets
AJP apart are:
- Participation of worker representatives
- High percentage requirements for labeling
multi-ingredient products promotes transparency to consumers.
- Tiered labeling starting at the farm level
and highlighting products certified at both the farm and processor
level also improves transparency in labeling for consumer.
For more information about AJP, please
visit their website: www.agriculturaljusticeproject.org
Fairtrade International (FLO)
Fairtrade International (FLO) is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder
association involving 25 member and associate member organizations
(labelling initiatives and producer networks), traders and external
experts. The organization develops and reviews Fairtrade Standards,
assists producers in gaining and maintaining Fairtrade certification
and capitalizing on market opportunities.
Fairtrade International is one of the two
organizations which resulted from the January 2004 split of Fairtrade
Labelling Organizations International into Fairtrade International,
the standards setting and producer support unit, and FLO-CERT,
which inspects and certifies producer organizations and audits
For more information on FLO, please visit
their website: www.fairtrade.net.
IMO Fair for Life
Fair for life is a brand neutral third party certification
programme for social accountability and fair trade in agricultural,
manufacturing and trading operations. The programme complements
existing fair trade certification systems. Social accountability
and fair trade have become important indicators to select business
partners in a global market place. Existing systems unfortunately
exclude many agricultural, manufacturing and trading operations
worldwide that practice social responsibility and fair trade
from independent verification and certification of their performance.
The Fair for Life Social & FairTrade Certification Programme
offers operators of socially responsible projects a solution
for objective inspection and certification by a highly qualified
external verifier. It combines strict social and fair trade standards
with adaptability to local conditions. The system is designed
for both food and non food commodities (cosmetics, textiles etc.).
For more information on IMOs Fair
for Life program, please visit their website: www.fairforlife.net
Small Producers Symbol (SPS)
The Small Producers Symbol is an initiative launched in
2006 by the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Fair
Trade Producers (Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de
Pequeños Productores de Comercio JustoCLAC), with
support from the Fair Trade and Solidarity Economy movements
in a number of continents. To guarantee the appropriate use of
the Symbol, small producers organizations created FUNDEPPO
(Foundation of Organized Small Producers), with the aim of ensuring
that this Symbol truly benefits small producers, communities
and consumers. FUNDEPPO works with skilled professionals and
entities to independently and reliably certify compliance with
the Symbols standards.
For more information on the Small Producers
symbol, please visit their website: www.tusimbolo.org
Cooperative Coffees is a green coffee importing cooperative,
comprising 23 community-based coffee roasters in the USA and
Canada, who are committed to building and supporting fair and
sustainable trade relationships for the benefit of farmers and
their exporting cooperatives, families, and communities. Cooperative
coffees strives to promote transparent Fair Trade and sustainable
development alternatives in both the North and the South, while
continuing to sell the highest quality coffee on the market.
For more information, please visit Co-operative
Coffees website: www.coopcoffees.com
Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA)
The Domestic Fair Trade Association is a collaboration of organizations
representing farmers, farmworkers, food system workers, retailers,
manufacturers, processors, and non-governmental organizations.
Internationally, the Fair Trade movement has united farmers,
workers, traders and consumers with a message of fairness, equity
and environmental stewardship in trade with producers in marginalized
countries. Increasingly, we can see that the challenges faced
by rural communities are very similar around the world.
For more information about the DFTA, please
visit their website: www.dftassociation.org
Fair Trade Federation
The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is the trade association that
strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed
to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade
movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships
and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.
Fore more information, please visit FTFs
Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)
The WFTO is a global authority on Fair Trade, not because we
say so, but because our membersmake it so.
Membership of the WFTO is limited to organizations
that demonstrate a 100% Fair Trade commitment and apply its 10
Principles of Fair Trade. WFTO members who are monitored against
these Principles are listed in the FT100 index of world-leading
Fair Trade brands, businesses and organisations. Not just the
pioneers of the movement but the innovators of the market.
The WFTO represents Fair Traders from grassroots
through to the G8 and is the authentic voice of Fair Trade, having
driven the movement for 20 years. It is the only global network
whose members represent the Fair Trade chain from production
For more information, please visit WFTOs