How it works for Producers and Producer Groups
To sell a product as FairTSA certified, the producer needs to be certified according to the FairTSA standard, and a buyer of the product needs to enter into a licensee agreement. In the following the steps for producer certification are outlined. A separate information sheet for licensees can be requested.
- Get in contact with a collaborating certifying agent or FairTSA.
- The certifier or FairTSA will send you a producer application that needs to be filled out and returned to FairTSA.
- The certifying agent will send you a cost estimate, the FairTSA System Plan and a contract.
- The system plan needs to be filled out before the first inspection can take place.
- The cooperating certifier will schedule an inspection, conduct the inspection, and certify your operation. If possible this will be done in conjunction with an organic inspection.
- Once that is done, you may sell your products as “FairTSA Certified” to a FairTSA licensee.
- Please note: In certain cases an exporter may also qualify as licensee. Please contact us in order to discuss the specific details.
Community Development Project
The Social Premium has to be used for a community development project. A whole array of issues can be tackled:
- Improvement of product quality or competitiveness in the market, such as implementation of improved post harvest treatments (e.g. solar drying equipment for cocoa drying)
- Health care projects
- Education and School attendance
- Upgrading of workers’ living and working conditions
- Reforestation and other environmental sustainability projects
- Any other reasonable project that serves to improve the living conditions of a producer community.
FairTSA will evaluate existing projects that are already sponsored by the producer or the buyer of the products in question and determine if they meet FairTSA requirements. To apply for acceptance of the project, please submit documentation to FairTSA.
If a community development project does not exist yet, the producer can initiate a project with the support of an indigenous FairTSA trained community development facilitator or a local NGO, if needed.
FairTSA certified operations should submit a plan for the community development project once they receive the first Social Premium payment.
Learn more about the Community Development aspect of Fair Trade, and see successful projects here.
Advantages of FairTSA Certification
- FairTSA certification is inexpensive due to our cooperation with organic certifying agencies.
- Certain importers preferably buy products with the FairTSA fair Trade mark.
- Prices are negotiated between producer and buyer. The FairTSA condition is that the price is at least 10% above comparable farm gate prices.
- Each producer or producer group receives a Social Premium of 4.5% of the FOB price.
- Community Development Projects to support producer communities
- Agricultural Products
- Processed Goods