The Details: Full Comparative Analysis


Principle: Fair Trade emphasizes the empowerment of women, minorities, indigenous peoples and other marginalized members of society to represent their own interests, to participate directly in trade, and to share in its economic benefits.

DFTA favors programs that give voice to marginalized groups and that provide opportunities for potentially affected groups to participate in program development. The constituent groups working on developing the program should represent the diversity of those potentially affected by the program/standards.


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. The program has clear policies regarding program eligibility that are tied to a mission or goal of empowerment of those traditionally marginalized.
2. The governing structure of the program is publicly available; The program has a clear, written decision-making policy in place, covering decisions regarding topics such as standards, verification protocol, oversight, and other policies; the decision-making policy promotes consensus and ensures balance among stakeholders; the decision-making policy also includes a process for decision-making in the absence of consensus that does not favor any stakeholder group over another.
3. The program has a balance of stakeholders on governing boards, standard-setting boards, advisory committees, and accreditation boards; this includes authentic representation of and accountability to the stakeholders the program claims to support.
4. The farm/business policies cover all workers, permanent and seasonal, documented and undocumented, as well as any hired by labor contractors.

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