Revision of the Fair for Life

Social & Fair Trade Programme

Since 2006, various producer groups, plantation operators, manufacturers and buyers world-wide have been audited and certified according to the Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification Programme. The experiences gained during programme implementation in an increasingly wide field of companies and actors as well as feedback from many different experts in the field of fair trade, Corporate Social Responsibility and GAP analyses with other standards in the same field led to a complete revision of this programme in 2011.

In respect of the principles of the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards,(P005, Version 5.01 – April 2010), comments were invited and considered from a wide range of stakeholders through public consultation in two consultation rounds. Continued comments from stakeholders are welcome. Since 2011 onwards the programme is split into a main standard document (the Fair for Life Certification Programme) with separate control modules that contain the detailed compliance criteria and standard guidance for different types of operations.

In 2013, the Fair for Life module 1 (Labelling and Control) and Module 4 (Fair for Life handling) were revised in a Minor Standard revision process, again in 2 rounds of public consultations. The Fair for Life programme was updated accordingly.

The new version of the programme is valid from May 2014 onwards and will be used for all audits from that date onwards. Operations that are already certified will have a transition period of 1 year (until January 2015) to implement the new minimum requirements that have been introduced.


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