Have you checked your supply chains?

Fairtrade is one of the most trusted standards and a credible and valuable partner for business in human rights due diligence in their supply chains. 

How Fairtrade supports human rights due diligence

By sourcing Fairtrade products, companies engage with Fairtrade as a business partner and tap the full potential of our services. 

We support business in various ways to ensure human rights due diligence. These include: 

Fairtrade support business to embed responsible business conduct

We do this by: 

  • Providing sourcing on Fairtrade terms 
  • Providing knowledge and information on human rights, aggregating relevant public information and Fairtrade knowledge on commodities and supply chains
  • Showcasing how Fairtrade is contributing to responsible business conduct and providing input and guidance for companies’ policy statements 
  • Offering a forum/platform for best practices, understanding commodity specific, regional hotspots and use these platforms to share Fairtrade’s offer to business
Fairtrade support business to identify and assess actual and potential adverse impacts associated with the enterprise’s operations, products or services

We do this by:

  • Providing supply chain overview, traceability and transparency for businesses with information about Fairtrade key products and producers 
  • Building direct linkages with Fairtrade producers in your business supply chain, e.g. producer visit trips 
  • Supporting with knowledge and information on human rights based on both public and Fairtrade information on Fairtrade commodities and regions  
  • Sharing our knowledge and information on human rights in Fairtrade supply chains (e.g. historic audit information where there is consent to disclose, Non-Conformities on child labour) 
  • Providing assurance by engaging with rights holders (e.g. producers/workers) and addressing potential and actual impacts, such as assuring Fairtrade Standards are complied with or action is taken 
  • Providing training and capacity building for producers in the supply chain on responsible business conduct (e.g. training on child labour, freedom of association etc)
Fairtrade support business to cease, prevent and mitigate adverse impacts

We do this by:

  • Imposing certain requirements in the Fairtrade standards, which acts to prevent human rights risks  
  • Assuring that producer organisations have sector specific policies with regards to certain salient human rights risks in place and adhere to them 
  • Supporting producer organisations via their networks to develop and implement plans to help prevent or mitigate actual and potential adverse Human Rights impacts  
  • Being a possible platform for stakeholder engagement such as promoting dialogue between Fairtrade related supply chain partners 
  • Providing training and capacity building for producers to help create a roadmap to derive appropriate action for identified issues
  • Providing guidance on systemic issues to enable the business to leverage their position to effect change in the supply chain
Fairtrade support business to track implementation and results

We do this by:

  • A risk-based approach in order to assure and track that corrective measures have been implemented towards identified issues 
  • Providing sector or product specific Fairtrade tools to monitor and track implementation and effectiveness 
  • Sharing learnings and outcomes through its programmatic work to address identified human rights issues in supply chains
Fairtrade can support business to communicate how impacts are addressed

We do this by:

  • Providing information on due diligence processes (and evidence on how working with Fairtrade contributes at various steps of this process) 
  • Providing premium use and impact stories
Fairtrade can support business to provide for or cooperate in remediation when appropriate

We do this by:

  • Benefiting from Fairtrade’s approach of consultation and engagement with (potentially) impacted rights holders (incl. workers, workers’ representatives or trade unions where applicable) 
  • Supporting with guidance on international guidelines on remediation where available 
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We can offer unique insights to help improve supply chains and counter modern slavery. This is backed by rigorous standards that are transparent, publicly available and apply to all operators in the supply chain. Fairness, for everyone.

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