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The EQUITE program

The Fair for Life team was in Ivory Coast from the 20th to the 24th of November 2017 to take part in « the Fair Trade Cocoa Exchange Days» organized by the EQUITE program in partnership with Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders (AVSF)  and the Réseau Ivoirien pour le Commerce Equitable (Ivoirian Network for Fair Trade (RICE). 

The EQUITE program is a project supporting the development of fair trade and family farming in West Africa.

This innovative project started in April 2016 for a period of 3 years and is funded by € 3.9 million by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Global Environment Fund (FFEM).
The program supports some 20 fair trade projects in 5 West African countries (Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Ghana and Togo) in the cocoa, shea, cashew, fruit and handicraft sectors. These projects with a strong environmental and agro-ecological dimension will contribute to an ecological and social transition in the production and organization of export sectors.

The program also strengthens existing and emerging national fair trade platforms in these five countries, as well as the regional network Fairtrade Africa - West African Network (FTA-WAN).
The program is led by La Plate-Forme pour le Commerce Équitable (PFCE, the French Platform for Fair Trade), now renamed "Fair Trade France".

Ecocert has been a member for several years, and Fair for Life is a well-known guarantee system.
Projects are managed by a consortium composed of Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders (AVSF) as lead partner and Fairtrade Africa - West Africa Network (FTA-WAN).

Four Ecocert fair trade certified cooperatives are beneficiaries of the EQUITE program, a sign of their maturity and exemplarity: the SCEB for cocoa in Ivory Coast, and for the shea sector in Burkina Faso, the UGF/CDN, FUAPROKA and NUNUNA organizations. It is important to emphasize that the SCEB is the only organic certified cooperative in Ivory Coast.

Fair for Life and For Life reach SILVER level according to the SAI FSA criteria for sustainable farming

Fair for Life recognizes the importance for ethically-minded companies and consumers to adequately navigate the array of labels and standards available in social and environmental responsibility. Benchmarking is one tool available to facilitate understanding and to recognize high-bar certifications in this field. 

We are pleased to announce that the Fair for Life and For Life standards have recently scored favourably, with a SILVER level, in a benchmarking with the SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment 2.0 (FSA). This score reflects the overall alignment between the FSA and the FFL and FL standards in terms of on-farm sustainability. Additionally, a benchmark was done of the combined standard content of Global G.A.P Fruit & Vegetables with Fair for Life against the FSA standard, resulting in a score of GOLD! 

FSA harmonizes efforts for Sustainable Sourcing

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is a membership association for the food and drink industry. It aims at providing a pre-competitive space for its members to work together on sustainable sourcing and foster mutual recognition. As part of its ambition to drive harmonization and reduce duplication, SAI Platform created the Farmer Sustainability Assessment (FSA) tool as an industry reference point for sustainable sourcing.

Summary of the Benchmarking Results

Following the articulated interest of some SAI member companies, the criteria of the FFL and FL standards were submitted to a benchmark against the FSA criteria.We hope that you share our excitement as FFL and FL standards once again measure up as reliable frameworks to implement sustainable agricultural practices. 
                                  Figure 1                                                       Figure 2

Figure 1: FSA Recognition Levels : Equivalence is categorised into ‘partially equivalent’, ‘bronze’, ‘silver’, and ‘gold’, depending on the number of essential, basic, and advanced FSA questions addressed. (Source: FSA)

Figure 2: Both the FFL and the FL Standard have reached the SILVER level. 

Implications for the Standard Recognition

Both standards are now supported by yet another universal reference, accepted by a broad range of international food and drink companies. By facilitating the recognition of the standards at the level of different market actors with their varying social codes and expectations, the benchmark broadens market accessibility for FFL & FL certified operations. 

Happy new Year 2018!

To mark the New Year, the Fair for Life Team of ECOCERT and IMO invite all customers, partners and employees to plant a tree. We colaborate in a pioneering reforestation and agroforestry project developed by PUR Projet in partnership with Acopagro small-scale cocoa farmers cooperative, certified organic and fair trade. More than 2 million trees have already been planted in this project, mainly high value timber species and fast growing species, to allow farmers both to protect their cocoa crops, regenerate their ecosystem and diversify their sources of income. Each participant is contributing to supporting “the restoration of degraded forests and the socio-economic development of populations through reforestation”, and can monitor the project that they have chosen at any time in the “news” space. As a chinese proverb says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”


Revision Fair for Life and For Life standards

We have a reason to celebrate this year at the Biofach and Vivaness conferences: The 2017 version of the Fair for Life and For Life standards will be released! We are excited to share this with you and invite you to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with us at our booth to discuss the launch and the new developments in the social and fair trade markets. For more information please find the invitation here or visit


Invitation for public consultation: Revision of the Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Scheme

A first version of the revised Fair for Life / For Life scheme is complete and will be open for public and formal consultation from November 2nd to December 12th.  Please click here for more details…

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