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Setting the Fairtrade Standards

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The Fairtrade Standards go through a detailed development process to ensure impact for farmers and workers, businesses and traders. This build confidence in the Fairtrade Mark.

The Fairtrade Standards go through a detailed development process to ensure impact for farmers and workers, businesses and traders. This build confidence in the Fairtrade Mark.

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    • 1. © James Rodriguez
    • 2. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 2Around the world, the Fairtrade Standards areknown for their rigorous nature and highlycredible development process.These strong Standards translateto strong consumer trust in theFAIRTRADE Certification Mark(9 in 10 consumers, according toa 2011 Globescan survey).
    • 3. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 3Fairtrade follows the ISEAL Codeof Good Practice for StandardSetting, the global reference forsustainability standards.“ISEAL’s codes of good practice providea common and solid framework forcredible standards systems. We aredelighted that Fairtrade is in compliancewith the latest versions of our codes.”Patrick Mallet, ISEAL’s CredibilityDirector.Read more at www.isealalliance.org/our-work/codes-of-good-practice
    • 4. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & pricesThere are nowFairtrade Standardsfor over 300 rawproducts, threetimes more than in200778 % of Fairtradeprices and Premiumwere revised in thelast three years.4
    • 5. © Fairtrade 2012• Fairtrade Minimum Price: a price floor to protectproducers if market prices fall;• Fairtrade Premium: additional funds above thepurchase price to invest in community needs orbusinesses;• Democratic decision-making at the producer level;• Long-term, stable contracts with buyers;• Protection of the environment;• Adherence to core International LabourOrganization conventions.How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 5The key components of Fairtrade Standards are:
    • 6. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 6We consult bothproducers andbusinesspartners toregularly reviewour standardsand prices.Our participatoryapproach makesthe FairtradeStandardsunique.
    • 7. © Fairtrade 2012The Standard-Setting ProcessHow we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 7We go through seven different stages involvingproducers, businesses and partners at every step:
    • 8. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 8• Anyone can request a review, a new standardor a new price.• We assess the request according to capacityand the priorities we’ve agreed on with ourstakeholders.• Want to send a request? Fill out the form atwww.fairtrade.net/setting-the-standards.html
    • 9. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 9• A project assignment provides details onproject start and end, project objectives andthe contact person• You can find all current project assignmentswww.fairtrade.net/standards-work-in-progress.html
    • 10. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 10• We put a lot of time and effort into ensuring theStandards we set meet the needs of all peopleinvolved.• Research includes: analysing the supply chain,talking to key producers and traders as well asresearch institutes to gather enough info anddata to present informed options forconsultation• Depending on the size of the projects, this cantake from 2 weeks to 6 months!
    • 11. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 11• We consult both producers and businesspartners to review our standards and prices.• Consultation is normally open for 60 days, givingplenty of time for people to respond.• We often hold workshops locally with producersto ensure we get their input.• All consultation documents are available onlineand open for anyone to take part herewww.fairtrade.net/standards-work-in-progress.html
    • 12. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 12Around 2500stakeholderswere consultedin 2011
    • 13. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 13• The Standards Committee makes the finaldecision on new standards and prices.• Producers, traders, national Fairtradeorganizations and external experts are allrepresented.• The SC strives for consensus, seeking thebest possible deal for producers & traders– not always easy!• Minutes are available online atwww.fairtrade.net/setting-the-standards.htmlApproval of Standards
    • 14. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 14• All Fairtrade Standards are published on ourwebsite at www.fairtrade.net/standards.html• Translations in other languages are available.
    • 15. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 15• The Standards Unit trains Fairtrade staff andmembers worldwide, using a “train the trainer”approach• We also put explanatory documents and factsheets on our website for major changes orannouncements.
    • 16. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 16Launch of the NewStandardsFramework:Standards Unittrained the trainers,Fairtrade LiaisonOfficers then trainedproducers in allregions.
    • 17. © Fairtrade 2012How often arestandardsreviewed?How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 17We are committed to constant improvement.• Regular monitoring year round (for minorcorrections).• Full review at least every 5 years.
    • 18. © Fairtrade 2012 How we set Fairtrade Standards & prices 18
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