Fairtrade International is the organisation that coordinates Fairtrade labelling at an international level. Its standards are designed to tackle poverty and empower producers in the world’s poorest countries. Fairtrade International also helps producers to gain Fairtrade certification and develop market opportunities. Locally based Liaison Officers provide training, guidance on certification and facilitate relationships with buyers.
ISEAL Code Compliant designates members who have successfully undergone independent evaluations against the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice in Standards-Setting, Assurance and Impacts.
As a result of this independent evaluation, Fairtrade International have made the following improvements to how they set their standards:
Updated their procedures to ensure that the standard’s criteria clearly relate to their desired outcomes
Included a statement in their standards document indicating the official language (English)
As a result of this independent evaluation, Fairtrade International have made the following improvements to their assurance system:
Strengthened their guidance on risk assessment and audit frequency & type to ensure consistent implementation by different assurance providers
Ensured that the oversight mechanism and accountability for all assurance providers was established in accordance with their procedures
As a result of this independent evaluation, Fairtrade International have made the following improvements to their M&E system:
- Incorporated a set of monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks to support priority areas within their strategy