Licensee resources


Being a Fairtrade Licensee is an ongoing journey and you might have questions on what is the best way to proceed. On this page you will find useful resources for your business. From guidelines on the artwork approval process, to operating procedures. Keep an eye on it, we will update it with new resources as they become available.

If you still have questions, please visit our contact page.

Multistakeholder initiatives like Fairtrade can support but not substitute corporate due diligence.

Fairtrade has for long supported and expected Fairtrade certified organisations to take some due diligence measures, including risk assessments, policies, and remediation work. Now we are bringing fair due diligence to the core of our work.

  • Standards. We are currently strengthening the due diligence requirements for all Fairtrade certified organisations – traders and processors, plantations, farmer cooperatives and contract production settings.

To ensure that the requirements are realistic and legitimate, our consultations are vast. Unrealistic requirements would not change the risks or help retailers or brands to fulfil their due diligence responsibilities.

  • Support. Fairtrade offers ongoing advice, training and programme-based support to farmers, workers, miners and management at plantations and factories. Our tools for this work include the Fairtrade Risk Map.
  • Funding. We channel funds to producers through Fairtrade Minimum Prices, Fairtrade Premium and programmes to strengthen producers’ position and due diligence measures.
  • Business services. Fairtrade can support each step of the corporate due diligence. In particular, we can support risk prevention and mitigation, and meaningful engagement between companies and affected people.

We are committed to aligning Fairtrade’s policies and processes with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP, 2011).