Standard for Contract Production

This is the standard for small-scale producers who are not yet democratically organized.

As a temporary measure, they can join Fairtrade if they have a partnership with an organization (such as an exporter or NGO) who will assist them to form an independent organization.

The Contract Production Standard applies to cocoa in the Pacific; rice and cotton in India; and cotton, dried fruit, almonds, apricot seeds and walnuts in Pakistan.

For dried fruits, almonds, apricot seeds and walnuts nuts in Pakistan the standard is only applicable for existing certified operators.

The Standard is also extended to selected rotational crops produced in rotation with or as intercrops in cotton and rice for producers who are certified for cotton and rice in India and cotton in Pakistan.

Download the Contract Production Standard

This standard applies to all contract production operators certified by Fairtrade and is valid from 1 March 2014. It comes into force on 1 April, 2014 and will be applied to all audits from that date onward. It supersedes all previous versions.

Contract Production Standard

Standard pour la production contractuelle

Criterio para Producción por Contrato

For information on the changes made since the previous version, see:

Main Changes Document

The following document will guide producers with the implementation of the Fairtrade development plan:

Fairtrade Development Plan list of ideas

Product standards for contract production

Additional standards apply to for particular products. Part of the standards also applies to the companies that trade with them.

You can download these standards below.

Cereals / Cereales / Céréales

Current version (applicable from 15 May 2016)

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The explanatory documents below provide guidance on how to improve the environmental sustainability of production and processing of quinoa.

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Old version (applicable until 14 May 2016)

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Cocoa / Cacao / Cacao / Cacau

Current version (comes into force on 1 April 2017)

This standard applies to all Fairtrade certified cocoa producers and traders from 1st April 2017.

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  Main changes document 

  Documento de los cambios principales

  Document sur les principaux changements

 

Former version (was applicable till 31 March 2017)

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Cocoa conversion rates for mass balance - Q&A

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Guidance documents on productivity and quality improvement are available on the following webpage: http://www.fairtrade.net/cocoa.html.

 

Fibre crops (including cotton) / Plantas para fibras (incluyendo algodón) / Les plantes à fibres (incl. coton)

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Herbs, Herbal Teas & Spices / Hierbas Aromáticas y Especias e Infusiones de Hierbas / Les herbes et les tisanes & les épices

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  Herbs and Spices list

Fact Sheet Herbs and Spices

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Oilseeds and Oleaginous fruit / Semillas y frutos oleaginosos / Graines et fruits oléagineux

Fairtrade oilseeds and oleaginous fruits include coconuts, olives and olive oil, soya beans, natural white sesame seed and shea tree nuts which are defined as dried and roasted shea kernels processed into shea butter.

Note: for coconuts worldwide (except Oceania): secondary products of coconuts include the water, the husk and the shell and derivatives of these products.

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Prepared and Preserved Fruit and Vegetables / Frutas y Verduras Preparadas y Conservadas / Les Fruits et les Légumes Preparés et Conservés

This Standard includes all types of dried fruit, fruit juices and dried vegetables 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.

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Nuts / Nueces / Noix

Nuts mean the unroasted nut kernels of peanut, cashew, macadamia, and brazil nuts; apricot seeds, shelled almonds and walnuts.

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Vegetables / Vegetales / Légumes / Vegetais

Fairtrade Vegetables are all varieties of fresh vegetables, roots, tubers and pulses for which Fairtrade Prices exist.

Current version (applicable from 1 November 2016):

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