Our Fair Trade Program
STANDARDS: FairTSA’s Fair Trade Standards cover agricultural products and processing, cosmetics, and handicrafts. From its inception, the FairTSA Standards have been designed to comply with the requirements of the International Standardization Organization (ISO). Existing standards such as those of the Fair Trade Labeling Organization (FLO), the Social Accountability Standard SA 8000, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), other private standards as well as the ISEAL standard development recommendations have been taken into consideration for the development of our standards. The current version of the FairTSA Consolidated Standard can be downloaded here.
LICENSING: The FairTSA licensing mark assures the purchasing consumer that the producers of the product are being paid fairly and treated well. The mark also assures the consumer that their fair trade purchase supports community development projects in the producer’s communities. FairTSA partners with independent certification agencies (such as organic certifiers) who inspect the producers. When the independent certifiers attest that a certain product complies with the FairTSA Fair Trade Standard, then FairTSA licenses that product to carry the FairTSA Fair Trade mark.
SOCIAL PREMIUM ACCOUNTABILITY: FairTSA supports the accountable use of fair trade Social Premium funds. With every purchase by a consumer, social premium funds are generated and flow back to the producer communities for use in community development. For each major community development project, FairTSA’s accountability program involves a logical process of: community project proposal, approval and funds release, written and photographic/video progress reports, and semi-annual and end-of-project on-site audits.