The Details: Full Comparative Analysis


Principle: The Fair Trade system depends on transparency of costs, pricing and structures at all levels of the trading system. Fair Traders are accountable to each other and the wider community by openly sharing such information

DFTA values transparency at the program development and implementation level and in market transactions. The standard-setting process should conform to international norms and meet DFTA principles for stakeholder involvement. Standards should be based on some form of mutually negotiated and agreed to written document or contract that is monitored at the farm/business level. The process for creating, verifying, and enforcing the program standards should be an open and transparent one. Trading negotiations should be open and transparent, with shared accountability for all partners. DFTA believes representatives of all stakeholder groups should be involved in program auditing/monitoring, with workers integrated in a meaningful way that results in supportive connections and problem-solving opportunities.

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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. 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 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 program development and/or revision process includes soliciting input from all stakeholders including workers or their representative, farmers, indigenous communities, processors, and retailers from the region and demographic where the program will be applied.

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