Fair Trade Certified™ products provide the rigorous social and environmental guarantees that many retailers and buyers are now demanding. Fair Trade empowers consumers to support farmers and farm workers, and to have a positive impact on farm communities through their everyday purchases.
Certification audits are conducted for food products covered by Fair Trade USA standards, including: coffee, tea, herbs, cocoa, fresh fruit and vegetables, sugar, beans and grains, flowers, nuts, oils and butters, honey and spices, and certified ingredients used in ready-to-drink beverages. This list of products continues to expand.
SCS offers compliance assessment under the Fair Trade Farm Workers Standard, the Independent Smallholders Standard, and the Small Producer Organization Standard. Participants must comply with requirements generally covered by the following areas:
In addition to auditing farms, estates, smallholders and traders for conformance to Fair Trade USA standards, SCS Global Services offers a wide range of complementary certification services. Let us know if you are interested in having us expand the scope of your audit to include a GFSI, GAP or GMP food safety audit, certify conformance with the National Organic Program requirements, evaluate your flavor management system, confirm antioxidant levels in your products, or certify that your harvested crops are pesticide residue free.
SCS performs Fair Trade USA compliance assessments for all types of agricultural operations including:
Farms and Estates: For agricultural entities that depend on hired labor. May have single or multiple production sites, but only one central management and administration.
Independent Smallholder Groups: For smallholders who are not members of a product organization such as a cooperative or association.
Smallholder Groups: For groups engaged in commercial activities whose members are primarily individual smallholders.
Apply for Certification
Complete a Fair Trade USA application form (downloadable at http://www.fairtradeusa.org/certification/standards/download-center) and email the application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once Fair Trade USA has reviewed your application to ensure eligibility, your application will be forwarded to SCS..
Authorize a Proposal
SCS will review your application and prepare a proposal for your approval with scope of work, timeline and quote. To initiate the certification process, you return the signed Work Order.
Schedule and Prepare for Audit
Upon receipt of the signed Work Order, SCS will contact you to schedule the audit. SCS will provide an audit plan and request documents in advance of the onsite audit.
The on-site audit includes document review, worker interviews, and field observations. Draft findings are communicated in the closing meeting. Audit report is sent to client within 20 business days.
Any issues cited in the Non-Conformity Report (NCR) are addressed by Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) within 30 days. CAPs provide clear evidence that implementation occurred.
SCS issues a certification decision based on the CAPs prepared by the client.
SCS provides a Fair Trade certification registration number, certificate, and applicable on-product label. Certificates are valid for 3 years and surveillance audits are conducted annually.
Certified farmers enjoy these benefits and more: