The Fairtrade certification process is a rigorous one and we’re with you every step of the way.
There are four main steps to get fair trade certified with Fairtrade America.
1. Business Assessment
It starts by getting in touch. We want to understand your business better, your specific needs and how we can best help. We’ll cover things like your sustainability goals, your flavor profiles and preferred supply chains.
With a better understanding of what you need, you’ll submit a simple application. Generally, we’ll determine at this stage if it’s best to certify your existing supply chain or to tap into a chain that’s already certified. If appropriate, you’ll work with FLOCERT, our auditing body, to get a “Permission to Trade” once you’ve met the relevant criteria.
3. Contract approval
With an intent to label your products with the Fairtrade Mark, you’ll sign a licensing contract with us. This means you are fully vetted and can start to work on getting some Fairtrade products ready.
4. Submit Applications for each product
Fairtrade is a product-specific certification. That means, we need to make sure individual products fit the bill. Included in this is an understanding of the recipe/makeup of each product, the packaging design and any additional claims. This will be uploaded on our online portal.
Bonus step - Marketing
You’re now selling Fairtrade products. Woohoo! Let us help you promote them. We love to work with shoppers both online and offline to shout about brands doing it right. We will work with your team to spread the word about your commitments to sustainable sourcing.
Cost of Fair Trade Certification
You’re probably wondering “what does Fairtrade cost.” Good question. The price varies based on the type of product you’re selling, what part of the supply chain you are, if you sell 100% Fairtrade products and the size of you company. In general, our costs are broken into three groups.
- Farmer payments: You may pay an extra amount directly or indirectly for the raw goods you’re sourcing. Fairtrade is all about farmers getting a better deal, so even if you’re not the Price and Premium Payer (i.e. generally the first buyer in a supply chain), you’ll likely see this cost passed on.
- FLOCERT auditing fees: FLOCERT is owned by Fairtrade International, but operates as a separate entity. Check out their cost calculator for an accurate estimate.
- Licensing fees: This is what you pay to us, Fairtrade America, to license the use our well-known label on your packaging. Our fee depends on the volume of sales and the commodity type.
Ready to take the next step? Get in touch!