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Standards for Small Producer Organizations
The Faitrade Standard for Small Producer Organizations applies to small-scale producers that supply Fairtrade products:
Principles underlying this Standard
These principles, which underly the Standard, apply to all small-scale producers certified by Fairtrade.
- Members must be small-scale producers. The majority of the members of the organization must be smallholders who don’t depend on hired workers all the time, but run their farm mainly by using their own and their family’s labour.
- Democracy. Profits should be equally distributed among the producers. All members have a voice and vote in the decision-making process of the organization.
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Supplemental documents to this standard
These documents will guide producers with the implementation of the Fairtrade development plan.
Indicators for average number of workers and farm size for bananas in Ecuador, Colombia and the Dominican Republic (applicable as of April 2017)
Indicadores SPO para número médio de trabalhadores e tamanho de fazenda
Product standards for small producer organizations
Additional Standards apply to small producer organizations supplying particular products. Part of the standards also applies to the companies that trade with them.
You can download these standards below.
Cane Sugar / Azúcar de Caña / Sucre de Canne / Açúcar de Cana
Current version (came into force on 1 April 2016)
This standard applies to all Fairtrade certified sugar producers and traders from 1st April 2016.
Former version (was applicable till 31 March 2016)
Cereals / Cereales / Céréales
Current version (applicable from 15 May 2016)
The explanatory documents below provide guidance on how to improve the environmental sustainability of production and processing of quinoa.
Old version (applicable until 14 May 2016)
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.
Former version (was applicable till 31 March 2017)
Cocoa conversion rates for mass balance - Q&A
Guidance documents on productivity and quality improvement are available on the following webpage: http://www.fairtrade.net/cocoa.html.
Coffee / Café / Café / Café
The content of this standard was reviewed in April 2011. For information on the changes, please see the following main changes document.
Guidance documents on productivity and quality improvement, on price risk management strategies, and guidance on applying coffee differentials are available on the following webpage: http://www.fairtrade.net/coffee.html.
Fresh Fruit (including banana and wine grapes) / Fruta Fresca (incluyendo bananos y uvas de vino) / Fruits frais (incl. bananes et raisins pour le vin) / Fruta Fresca
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
Français (to be available soon)
Português (to be available soon)
Gold / Oro
For information on the changes made since the previous version, please see:
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.
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.
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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