If you feel that the world of Fair Trade has its very own language – don’t fret! We’ll keep you in the know!
With this glossary we’ll guide you through the common technical terms used by FLOCERT, Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO).
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1st grade organisation
A Small-scale Producer Organisation (SPO) whose legal members are exclusively individual farmers.
2nd grade organisation
A Small-scale Producer Organisation (SPO) whose legal members are exclusively 1st grade organisation affiliates.
3rd grade organisation
A Small-scale Producer Organisation (SPO) whose legal members are exclusively 2nd grade organisation affiliates.
The formal declaration and recognition by a neutral third party and authoritative body that a certification body and its programme is competent to …
Any entity including, but not limited to, sub-organisations, additional sites and subcontractors that are involved with the Fairtrade products of a …
A producer organisation (e.g. 1st grade, 2nd grade, plantation) that operates under an umbrella body (e.g. 2nd or 3rd grade organisation, Multi …
An organisation or individual who provides services to organisations and does not take legal ownership of a product.
An accusation, made by a third party, against a Fairtrade-certified organisation, claiming that this organisation violated the Fairtrade Standards, …
An official customer request to revoke or reverse a Certification Decision.
An internal quality control body that objectively supervises the decision-making process carried out within FLOCERT. It is therefore responsible for …
Artisanal Small-scale Mining Organisation (ASMO)
An ASMO comprises artisanal and small-scale miners and/or is held by legal owners, landowners, shareholders, and/or members. It is constituted …
The process by which prospective users apply for and receive written permission to use trademarks, such as the Fairtrade Brand Mark and the FAIRTRADE …
FLOCERT provides independent and impartial assurance services. This requires the following five components:
A three-party relationship – the …
An evidence-gathering process that aims to assess the compliance of an organisation and/or a product with certain standards. There are three types of …
A person qualified to carry out audits on behalf of a certification body.
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