What is Fair Trade Certification?

January 4th, 2010

Let?s stat the new year right and look at some certifications that all sourcing professionals should be aware of and all solutions providers should hold their suppliers accountable to.

Fair Trade Certification Overview:

The Fair Trade Certified? label guarantees consumers that strict economic, social and environmental criteria were met in the production and trade of an agricultural product. Fair Trade Certification is currently available in the U.S. for coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, flowers, sugar, rice, and vanilla. TransFair USA licenses companies to display the Fair Trade Certified label on products that meet strict international Fair Trade standards.
Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

Fair Trade principles include:
??Fair prices:
?? Fair labor conditions:
?? Direct trade:
??Democratic and transparent organizations:
??Community development:
??Environmental sustainability

If you are a supplier, do the right thing and get certified.

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