Standard for Hired Labour
The following standard applies to organizations which employ hired labour to supply Fairtrade certified products.
Principles underlying this standard
These principles underly the standard for organizations which employ hired labour:
- Management of the Fairtrade Premium. The Joint Body, which includes workers and management, is responsible for the management of the Fairtrade Premium in accordance with Fairtrade standards.
- Freedom of association & collective bargaining. Workers have the right to join an independent union to collectively negotiate their working conditions.
- Working conditions. Working conditions are equitable for all workers. Salaries must be equal or higher than the regional average or than the minimum wage in effect. Health and safety measures must be established in order to avoid work-related injuries.
Download Standard for Hired Labour
This standard applies to all Fairtrade certified hired labour operators and is valid from 1 February 2014. It will come into force from 1 July 2014 and will be be applied to all audits taking place from that date onward. This version supersedes all previous versions.
Fairtrade International requires that companies certified under the Hired Labour Standard sign a Freedom of Association Protocol declaring their proactive support of workers' rights and freedoms.
For information on the changes made since the previous version, see:
Supplementary documents to this standard
To accompany this standard, Fairtrade International has produced two explanatory documents to help producers understand and apply the Standard.
Explanatory document on Hired Labour
Explanatory document for the Fairtrade Premium Committee in Hired Labour situations
Document explicatif sur la Prime du Commerce Equitable et L’Organe Mixte
These documents will help the Fairtrade Premium Committee plan and report on Premium projects
These documents will support management to plan and report on how comply with Fairtrade certification
Product standards for hired labour
Additional standards apply to organizations that employ hired labour to supply particular Fairtrade products. Part of the standard also applies to the companies that trade with them.
You can download these standards below.
Fresh Fruit (including bananas and wine grapes) / Fruta Fresca (incluyendo bananos y uvas de vino) / Fruits Frais (incl. bananes et raisins pour le vin)
Fairtrade Fresh Fruit are all varieties of fresh fruit for which Fairtrade Prices exist. This includes:
- citrus fruits: oranges, tangerines, mandarines, clementines, satsumas, lemons, limes and grapefruits
- ‘oranges for juice’ (sold to be exported to a consumer country and then processed into juice in that country)
- “deciduous fruits”: apples, pears, apricots, peaches, cherries, nectarines, plums
- wine grapes
Premium reporting template for banana
Prepared and Preserved Fruit / Frutas preparadas y conservadas / Les fruits preparés et conservés
This Standard includes all types of prepared and preserved fruits and fruit juices for which Fairtrade Prices exist. For traders, it also includes fruits which have been processed in the supply chain that were originally certified under the Fresh Fruit Standard.
Secondary Products / Productos Secundarios
Secondary products and their derivatives have been included in the scope of Fairtrade certification. For further information on the definition, pricing rules and non-exhaustive list of secondary products and their derivatives please see the Explanatory Note for Secondary Products.
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