Fairtrade International has 2 relevant standards for the clothing industry:
If a brand plans to use Fairtrade cotton, it concerns the latter. If the entire garment is Fairtrade certified, it concerns the Textile standard.
Fair production stands for more than no child labour
Fairtrade certified organizations must continue to improve in the field of environmental impact. The conditions that the organizations should meet will therefore be stricter every three years, but the organisations have time to improve. There are criteria for years 0, 1, 3 and 6.
Criteria for cotton production:
Criteria for textile processing:
Score 2/4 Fairtrade certified organizations that have been with Fairtrade for more than 6 years would get a higher score here, but since organizations can also be affiliated with Fairtrade for just one year, we decided to make the score a 2.
Fairtrade also has different criteria for working conditions, depending on how long the brand has been certified. There are different criteria for year 0, 1, 3 and 6.
Criteria for cotton production: All criteria without a year apply from year 0.
Criteria for textile production: The criteria for textile production are about the same as for cotton production, there are only slightly stricter rules when it comes to the protection of the workers, such as a number of points below:
Score: 4/4 Fairtrade has very strict rules when it comes to fair production.
Non-applicable to the Fair Trade International certificate.
Fairtrade audit reports are not made public. Fairtrade is very focused on long-term cooperation, so they also have different criteria depending on how long a company has been certified. In this way, they ensure that companies continue to improve socially and environmentally.
Score: 2/4 Fairtrade is committed to improving, but the reports are not shared openly.
The control for the certification is carried out at Fairtrade by a third independent party. This will first do a check, after which the company will receive the certificate for 3 years. Within those three years, 2 extra checks can be carried out (less is also possible), which could also be unexpected if there was a reason to do so. In the third year in which the certification is valid, there will be another check to see if the certification can be renewed.
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