The Details: Full Comparative Analysis


Principle: Fair Trade emphasizes co-operative organization as a means of empowering producers, workers, and consumers to gain more control over their economic and social lives. In situations where such organization is absent, mechanisms will be created to ensure the democratic participation of producers and workers, and the equitable distribution of the fruits of trade. 

DFTA favors programs that are developed and implemented democratically, with participation from all potentially affected groups. DFTA also believes that gains from program participation should be shared equitably. These programs should have the support of the communities they claim to help. DFTA favors programs that encourage and develop collaborative and cooperative relationships between farmers/employers and workers and that help farmers, farmworkers, and others working in the food and agriculture system to share goals and work toward them together. The program should help farmers and processors gain leverage in their business relationships with buyers agreeing to fair terms and transparency and supporting farmers during hard times. The program should also help workers gain leverage in their employment with employers agreeing to fair employment terms and transparency. Certification programs should ensure democratic processes among participants. Programs should also be developed and maintained through their own democratic processes. DFTA will evaluate both standards and auditing processes applied to participants and program development and governance.

Key to Chart
The program is exemplary and meets the DFTA's criteria expectations. The program has some innovative approaches to this issue that may serve as a model.
The program appears to have a comprehensive approach to this issue in general alignment with DFTA criteria. There are some concerns or issues to highlight regarding the program's approach to this issue.
The program addresses this issue and may meet some of the criteria, but significant concerns, questions, or shortcomings compromise the approach. There is inadequate information or outstanding questions preventing a reliable assessment of the program's approach to this issue.
The program either does not address the issue at all, or clearly fails to address it in a manner consistent with DFTA criteria. Not applicable / not addressed by program
1. There is a transparent, clear, understandable, and formal written appeals and complaints process for this program and it is applicable and accessible to participants or potential participants at farms or businesses, employees at certifying agencies, the general public, and any other stakeholders.
2. The communities or stakeholders that the program claims to help show support of the program, as demonstrated by active participation or engagement or favorable public reviews or comments during evaluations.

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