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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Fairtrade Composite Product

A product composed of more than one ingredient, of which at least one is Fairtrade-certified. In Fairtrade Composite Products, all ingredients for which there are Fairtrade Standards must be Fairtrade-certified (unless the product is traded under the Fairtrade Sourced Ingredient [FSI] model).

So, in the case of:

  • chocolate: the cocoa and the sugar must be certified.
  • single-ingredient products such as coffee: 100% of the coffee must be Fairtrade-certified to carry the label.

In order for the packaging to carry the FAIRTRADE Certification Mark, there needs to be at least a minimum specified amount of Fairtrade ingredients in the product:

  • At least 20% of the content of Food Composite Products must be Fairtrade.
  • For products with more than 50% added water or dairy, the liquid may be excluded from the percentage calculations.
  • For non-food products, the applicable rules are either defined by the product-specific Standards or by the respective National Fairtrade Organisations (NFOs).