Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification is suitable for all types of products and throughout the chain of custody world-wide.
Certification Process: The section
describes the steps that need to be followed by operations interested in certification. You are invited to learn more about the certification process in the
Fair For Life online webinar.
Please note: This webinar is intended to give a general overview of the Fair for Life – Social & Fair Trade programme certification process. If you are interested in the For Life – Social Responsibility programme, please note that the certification process follows the same steps as presented here, only some documents and some of the requirements mentioned in this video would be not applicable.
- Certification Costs: Examples for the calculation of certification costs can be found under
Eligibility for certification
Fair for Life certification is offered to eligible operations worldwide.
Any hired labour operations as well as producer groups in high income or upper middle income countries must demonstrate their commitment to social change and expected benefits for marginalised workers or other marginalised target groups during the application process.
Social and fair trade audits are done only by specifically trained and qualified auditors.
During the annual on-site-audit the full applicable scope of the Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification Programme is checked in detail. For each control point, the performance of the company is evaluated. Additionally, the certification body may at any time conduct unannounced spot checks or additional audits.
Fair for Life certified products are traded along the chain of custody by certified or approved handlers. Certified handlers of Fair for Life Fair Trade certified products ensure decent working conditions for their workers and adhere to the principles of Fair Trade sourcing.
Each performance indicator defines the norm for good practice (rating level 2) and indicates also two levels of compliance below the norm (0 = very poor and 1 = rather poor performance), and two levels of performance beyond the norm (3 = very good and 4 = outstanding performance). Some criteria are minimum criteria (M) and must always be fulfilled for certification. Any not applicable control points are indicated as n.a. and do not count towards the respective totals of applicable Total Norm Points and applicable Maximum (MAX) number of points. Detailed information to understand the rating system is included in every control module.
For certification, an operator
- must fulfil all MUST-criteria in the indicated time frame
reach 90% (first year), 95% (second year), 100% (third year) of the Total Norm Points Total Norm Points is the sum that would be reached if the operator fulfils the norm (rating 2) in every control point
if performance is rated as (0), a condition will be imposed to improve this aspect until the next update audit.