New “Fairtrade Assurance Scheme – Rules and Guidelines” Manual


We’re happy to announce that, as of today, you’ll find all information about Fairtrade Assurance in one user-friendly core document. Our new manual provides everyone in our Fairtrade world with all the necessary details – whether on the application process, audit requirements or specific principles.

So whether preparing for an audit or following up on your last audit, you’ll no longer need to search through a large library of files – such as the various Standard Operating Procedures or Explanatory Documents – to find the information you are looking for. Simply go to to access the “Fairtrade Assurance Scheme – Rules and Guidelines”. This interactive portal allows you to search for a topic, browse, and read up on all things Fairtrade Assurance in one place. You can also download the entire manual as a PDF for offline use.

To get started, take a look at “How to use this manual” or the table of contents (or index in the PDF) as a great first overview. Use the search function for help finding a specific topic. And if you come across an unfamiliar term or concept, simply click on the integrated glossary for further explanation. We’ve also given the content a language brush-up and removed any previous inconsistencies between terms for better understanding and clarity. Besides English, the page is available in Spanish, French, Portuguese and German.


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