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FAIR TRADE Certification

What Is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is an arrangement designed for the producers of developing countries to achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships. It focuses particularly on commodities and products that are typically exported from developing countries to developed countries. Fair Trade certification is for producers, manufacturing, processing & exporting companies.

Producers are the heart of Fairtrade; the reason fair trade exists. Fair Trader certification method is different for farmers as it focuses to improve the living standard, better environment, fair remuneration & traceability.

Independent body should be developed to manage the activities regarding Fair Trade as well as the proper and transparent use of additional premium. The Fairtrade premium is the tool to improve the quality of the producers lives, communities and businesses. It is an additional amount of money paid on agreed Fairtrade price, which the independent body of producers will decide that how to use it for the welfare work of the producers and community. The Fairtrade is often used for the investments in healthcare, education and farm improvement to increase the income. Basic core of Fairtrade is to empower the farmer and workers.

Manufacturers, processors & exporters even food processing units can also participate in Fairtrade program but they need to ensure that they should have traceable supply chain.

Fair Trade Certified products provide the rigorous social and environmental guarantees that many retailers and buyers are now demanding. Fair Trade empowers consumers to support farmers and farm workers

Fairtrade is non-profit organization and founded in 1997. It is a multi stakeholder association of 22 members comprised on producer network and national Fairtrade organizations.

Fairtrade International coordinates activities for its member organizations and owns the FAIRTRADE Mark, a registered trademark of Fairtrade that appears on more than 30,000 products.

Fairtrade core aim is to improve the life of small farmers and workers through their tool of premium on fixed Fairtrade price. 

Benefits of Fairtrade Certification

Fair Trade Certification Process

After finalization of agreement with client, Quality Systems’ experts visit to client’s premises and conduct the complete gap analysis of existing system against the Fair Trade requirements and discuss the gap report to the management, identified gaps could be in documents, implementation, fire safety, building & electrical safety, compensation, employee’s awareness, statutory & regulatory, farms practices, and local laws compliances. We commence work according to the agreed timelines as per final gap report and proceed for the audit once all the documentation, implementation, and other requirements are done. Our technical team provides complete assistance, support and cooperation throughout the process to make certification audit successful in first attempt.

Fair Trade certificate is not awarded once-and-for-all, it must be renewed before expiration of the certificate. After applying for the audit to the authorized auditing agency, producer get the label to appear on the product and after nine months from the date of Fairtrade label issuance audit will be done to verify the compliances against the fair trade program but for manufactures audit will be conducted immediately once the contract finalizes and after successful certification audit certificate will be issued along with label.

Certificate will be valid for 03 years of time till next yearly surveillance audit thus in three years of certification cycle, certification body conducts 02 surveillance audits with one year of intervals. Basically, audit will be conducted every year in the period of three years. After completion of three years of audit cycle re-audit will be conducted to continue the process of certification.

Cost of Fairtrade Certification

Charges of Fairtrade certification can not be flat or same for every organization, please contact us in this regard.

Why Quality Systems

Quality Systems is working with the team of qualified and experienced consultants and trainers having vast industrial experience, most of our consultants are also lead auditors who are aware to the expectations of auditors from your management system during the audit. Quality systems is assisting across the world to implement and achieve the Fairtrade outstanding results. Our consultation methodology is highly professional, time bound and effective and we always add value to the business process of the client’s organization.

Our Fairtrade Certification complete package comprised of following segments such as training, implementation, consultation, gap analysis, documentation, internal audits, pre assessment, third party audit through Fairtrade authorized body and post audit enhancement / maintenance services to enable your organization to get the best outcome of Fairtrade. Our services are globally accepted, authoritative and benchmarked in the field of Fairtrade audit.