Fair Trade

Elevating Our Standards With Fair Trade Certification

Starting 2021, NatureSweet is partnering with Walmart to launch Fair Trade Certified Cherubs™ across Walmart stores in the USA. Fair Trade certification requires regular evaluation by independent auditors to ensure requirements are met. Fair Trade focuses on social and environmental responsibility, meaning the well-being of the NatureSweet Associates growing and processing your delicious produce, and the environment around them.

LABOR CONDITIONS

The Agricultural Production Standard (APS) sets the requirements for Fair Trade USA Certified™ agricultural production systems globally – covering diverse groups and sizes of farms and associated processing facilities under one Standard. NatureSweet’s farms and facilities are audited against criteria applicable to their farm and facility size (Small, Mid or Large).

APS compliance requirements are grouped thematically into six modules on:

  • Empowerment

  • Fundamental Rights at Work

  • Wages, Working Conditions and Access to Services

  • Biodiversity, Ecosystem Function, and Sustainable Production

  • Traceability and Transparency

  • Internal Management System

The Flow of Goods & Impact

Fair Trade USA Agricultural Production Standard

THE FLOW OF GOODS AND IMPACT

FAIR TRADE USA

Provides support across the entire supply chain and the process of certification, and trackers payment of the Fair Trade Premium, and Minimum Price where relevant, back to the farmers and workers.

Fair Trade Products

Products that have been produced, finished, and traded under Fair Trade Standards. Premium is paid on all products sold on Fair Trade terms. Some products also have a Minimum Price, which protects farmers from volatile market prices.

Fair Trade Premium

An extra sum paid by market partners directly to farmers and workers to support community development projects. Premium is set on per-product, per-unit basis and sent from the market partner.

FAIR TRADE USA

Provides support across the entire supply chain and the process of certification, and trackers payment of the Fair Trade Premium, and Minimum Price where relevant, back to the farmers and workers.

FARMERS & WORKERS

Grow and process agricultural products while meeting Fair Trade standards.

CERTIFICATE HOLDERS

Ensure producers meet Fair Trade standards and manage sales to market partners.

MARKET PARTNERS

Purchase, label, and sell Certified products and pay the Fair Trade Premium.

CONSUMERS

Support ethical practices, and sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers.

PREMIUM PARTICIPANTS

Decide how to use the Fair Trade Premium to benefit themselves and their communities standards.

FAIR TRADE COMMITTEE

Democratically-elected body that represents Premium Participants and manages Premium funds and projects.

COMMUNITY

Farmers and workers utilize Premium to fund projects to address the needs of their families and communities.