In order to guarantee the credibility of the Fairtrade Certification Mark, FLO-CERT operates an independent, transparent and worldwide consistent certification system that follows the requirements of ISO 65, the international quality norm for certification bodies.
FLO-CERT ensures that producers and traders comply with the FLO International Fairtrade Standards, that traders pay the Fairtrade Premium to producers and that producers invest the benefits received through Fairtrade in their development.
FLO-CERT works with a network of 120 independent inspectors that yearly visit all organizations (producers and traders) and report back to FLO-CERT. The audit methodology is tailor-made for the evaluation of the Fairtrade Standards. The inspectors are locally based (in the country itself or neighbouring country) and familiar with the local culture, law and language. The time the inspector spends on the ground depends on the size of the producer organization, the complexity of the producer organization and the number of certified products they are seeking to sell. A full Fairtrade inspection can take from 4.5 days for a small... Read More