Certifying Fairtrade

FLOCERT inspects producers and traders to ensure they comply with Fairtrade Standards. FLOCERT is a separate company owned by Fairtrade International.

 

Fairtrade certification

FLOCERT operates an independent, transparent and globally consistent certification system that follows the requirements of ISO 65*.

The Fairtrade certification system is run by a separate company called FLOCERT. By checking compliance with Fairtrade Standards, FLOCERT ensures that the relevant social, economic and environmental standards are met and that producers receive the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium.

FLOCERT auditors are highly qualified, usually based in the countries and regions where they work, and familiar with local cultures, languages, and legal systems. All auditors are examined on their skills and receive annual training.

Consumers can be confident that the international FAIRTRADE Marks are only used on products that come from or benefit Fairtrade certified farmers and workers, and that traders meet their obligations under the Fairtrade Standards.

FLOCERT Audits

All producer organizations – whether small producer group, plantation or contract production setup – must go through an initial on-site audit before they can sell Fairtrade certified products. The size of Fairtrade producer organizations varies greatly from small cooperatives with a few farmer members to large plantations with hundreds of workers, on up to large second-grade cooperatives with thousands of farmer members. As a result of this, FLOCERT randomly selects a pre-defined minimum number of farms to be physically visited and workers to be interviewed. The annual cost of certification depends on the total number of farmers or workers.

A full Fairtrade producer audit will last several days. The time the auditor spends in the field depends on the size of the producer organization (number of farmer members or workers), its complexity, and the number of certified products it wants to sell as Fairtrade.

Following the physical audit, an audit report is sent to FLOCERT for evaluation and approval or to follow-up on any non-conformities identified during the audit. The decision to certify is taken by FLOCERT and only after all non-conformities have been corrected.

After receiving the initial Fairtrade certification, producer organizations are physically audited at least twice in a three-year certification cycle. In addition to the regular audits, FLOCERT conducts regular unannounced audits.

*ISO 65 Certification

FLOCERT is ISO 65 certified. ISO 65 is the leading, internationally recognized quality norm for bodies operating a product certification system. FLOCERT follows the ISO 65 norm in all its certification operations.

Concretely, ISO 65 certification guarantees that:

  • A quality management system is in place
  • Transparency in all processes
  • Independence in the certification decision making

FLOCERT is checked by an independent third party to ensure compliance with ISO 65 rules.

Find out more

For more information about Fairtrade certification visit the website of FLOCERT: www.flocert.net

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