If you feel that the world of Fair Trade has its very own language – don’t fret! We’ll keep you in the know!

With this glossary we’ll guide you through the common technical terms used by FLOCERT, Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO).

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The practice of providing funding in advance of delivery or receipt of a product.
Primary product
An agricultural or non-agricultural product as it is extracted or harvested. Fairtrade Minimum Price and/or Premium are generally set for the primary …
Processed product
A product that originated as a primary product, but that has been modified.
Processing Plants
A Processing Installation is owned or subcontracted by an organisation where the raw and intermediate product is transformed into a product with …
The term Producer refers to any type of producer set-up as found in the Fairtrade Standards: Hired Labour, Small-Scale Producer Organisations, …
Producer Certification
The certification of producers against the Fairtrade Standards relevant to them. Learn how Fairtrade Certification works at: …
Producer Executive Body
Elected representatives of the individual contracted producers, in the context of Contract Production. The Producer Executive Body (PEB) is the …
Producer Networks
A regional network of producers and/or regional associations who work together for their common interest. The focus of those efforts may vary …
Producer that also exports for others
Any Fairtrade producer organisation that is taking care of exporting a Fairtrade product for another producer organisation from the country of origin …
Producing country/Country of origin
A country where a product is originally grown or where a handicraft product is originally produced. In the context of Fair Trade, the term usually …
Product Category
The respective Fairtrade Product Standard classification, such as fresh fruit, banana, coffee, etc.
Product Compensation
When a buyer purchases a product from a non-certified producer or Conveyer under ordinary conditions (non-certified), and wants to convert that …
Product Form
The processed form of a Product Type.
Product Type
The Product Type is always directly derived from a Fairtrade Standard and describes the different products summarised within one Product Category.
Production Partner Organisation
An organisation or commercial entity that an Artisanal Small-scale Mining Organisation (ASMO) may partner with in the production or processing of …