The Details: Full Comparative Analysis

Principle: Fair Trade focuses on reinforcing the position of small and family-scale producers that have been or are being marginalized by the mainstream marketplace, as a means of preserving the culture of farming and rural communities, promoting economic democracy, environmental and humane stewardship and biodiversity, and ensuring a healthier and more sustainable planet.



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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. If a buyer contracts with a farm, the contract is negotiated between the farmer and the buyer or a third party that is acceptable to both.
2. All farmers participating in this program are free to associate with other farmers free of retaliation from any buyer.
3. Programs favor smaller scale and/or family farms over large-scale, corporate, or industrial operations in terms of both eligibility (application process) and outcomes and benefits of certification.
4. The program seeks to ensure that prices received by farmers from the sale of products cover the cost of production, including living wages and benefits for the farmer, working family members, and non-family farmworkers, standard production expenses, profit to invest in the future of the farm, training for farmers and workers, retirement funds, and health coverage.

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