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 Fairtrade Premium Committee, which includes workers representatives, 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

Current version

This standard applies to all Fairtrade certified hired labour operators and is valid from 10 August 2015. It came into force on 15 December 2015 and is applied to all audits taking place from that date onward. This version supersedes all previous versions.

Fairtrade Standard for Hired Labour

Criterio de Comercio Justo Fairtrade para Trabajo Contratado

Standard du Commerce Equitable Fairtrade pour les Organisations dépendant d'une Main d'Oeuvre Salariée

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

Main changes document

Documento sobre los Principales Cambios

Document de Changements Principaux

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.

Freedom of Association Protocol

Protocolo de libertad de Asociación y Sindical

Protocole de liberté

Previous version

The previous version below was applicable until 14 December, 2015

 Fairtrade Standard for Hired Labour

 Criterio de Comercio Justo Fairtrade para Trabajo Contratado

 Standard du Commerce Equitable Fairtrade pour les Organisations dépendant d'une Main d'Oeuvre Salariée

For information on the changes made in the 2014 revision, see:

 Main changes document

 Documento sobre los Principales Cambios

Document de Changements Principaux

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 Hired Labour

  Documento explicativo respecto del Estándar de Comercio Justo Fairtrade para Situaciones de Trabajo Contratado

  Document explicatif pour le Standard du Commerce Equitable Fairtrade pour les organisations dependant d'une main d'œuvre salariée

Explanatory document for the Fairtrade Premium Committee in Hired Labour situations

  Explanatory Document for the Fairtrade Premium Committee

Guidelines for revised rules for Premium use

  Documento explicativo sobre el Comité de la Prima de Comercio Justo Fairtrade

Orientaciones sobre las reglas revisadas de la Prima

  Document explicatif sur la Prime du Commerce Equitable et L’Organe Mixte

Lignes directrices concernant les règles révisées pour la Prime Fairtrade

These documents will help the Fairtrade Premium Committee plan and report on Premium projects

  Fairtrade Premium Planning and Reporting Template (pdf)

Plantillas para informes y plan de la Prima Fairtrade (pdf)

Modèle pour le plan de la Preme et les rapports Fairtrade (pdf)

Simple risk identification and analysis

What is risk and how can I analyze it? 

¿Qué es un riesgo y cómo analizarlo?

Qu'est-ce que le risque? 

These documents will support management to plan and report on how comply with Fairtrade certification 

Planning and Reporting Template for Management (pdf)

Planning and Reporting Template for Management (word)

 Plantillas de planes e informes sobre Trabajo Contratado para uso de le administración 

Modèle de planification & rapport pour la direction

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

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Fresh Vegetables / Vegetales Frescos / Légumes Frais / Vegetais Frescos

Current version (applicable as of 1 November 2016):

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Version applicable for existing operator working with outgrowers only:

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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.

Please note that the only product under this standard which is open to hired labour is coconuts.

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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Flowers and Plants / Flores y Plantas

Current Version (comes into force on 15 April 2017)

This standard applies to all Fairtrade certified flowers and plants operators and is valid from 15 April 2017.

English

Español

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

Main changes document

Documento de cambios principales

Fact sheet introducing young plant material

English

List of flowers and fillers available as Fairtrade - Version 3 - 5 November 2014

English

Español

Herbs and Herbal Teas / Hierbas Aromáticas e Infusiones de Hierbas / Les herbes et les tisanes

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  Herbs and Spices list

Fact Sheet Herbs and Spices

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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.

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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.

   Explanatory note

   Fairtrade Secondary Product List

Sports Balls / Balones Deportivos

This standard covers the purchase and sale of sports balls which require some degree of manual input to produce. This includes hand-stitched, machine-stitched, thermal-bonded and laminated sports balls such as footballs (soccer balls), volleyballs, American footballs and rugby balls. 

This standard does not cover sports balls that are normally produced by mostly automated or mechanized methods such as golf balls, ping pong balls, tennis balls and hockey balls.

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