Domestic Fair Trade
While the Fair Trade movement's main concerns are the inequalities in the terms of trade between poor and rich countries and the living and working conditions of their people, Domestic Fair Trade aims at creating conditions for US family and other small and medium-sized farms that contribute to the sustained well-being of those farms and the surrounding communities. It is an increasingly arduous job to make a living off of small and medium-sized farms dealing with a huge economic disadvantage compared to factory farms. By the same token it gets ever more complicated to find successors for those farms, resulting in the closing or sale of the farms for development and often the decline of the surrounding communities.
Our Domestic Fair Trade standard is based on similar principles as our International Fair Trade Standard. Here are the governing principles:
- A fair price for producers
- Living wages for all farm workers
- Acceptable living conditions for regular and migrant/seasonal workers
- Safe working conditions for all workers
- Community development projects in connection with each certified project
- Involvement of producers, processors and buyers of certified domestic fair trade products in negotiating a fair price
- A set of environmental requirements all certified farms have to meet.
In terms of operating the program, we also adhere to the same proven principles that we have developed for our International Fair Trade program:
- Inspection and certification will be carried out by ISO 65 accredited certifiers
- Inspectors will be trained by FairTSA on a regular basis
- FairTSA will reserve the right to independently audit the certifiers, certified farms and the certified processors
- We will built on and accept compliance with portions of other standards wherever possible so as to keep inspection and certification costs reasonable.