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 formal declaration and recognition by a neutral third party and authoritative body that a certification body and its programme is competent to …
Additional Entity
An Additional Entity is a site or legal entity that does not take legal ownership of the Fairtrade product but provides services involving the …
Additional Entity Audit
FLOCERT audit carried out at the premises of a Master Operator’s Additional Entity.
A producer organisation (e.g. 1st grade, 2nd grade, plantation) that operates under an umbrella body such as a 2nd (or 3rd) grade organisation or …
An organisation or individual who provides services to organisations and does not take legal ownership of a product.
An accusation made by a third party against a Fairtrade organisation, claiming it has violated the Fairtrade Standards, FLOCERT policies, or other …
An official request by the customer to revoke or reverse a FLOCERT Certification Decision.
Appeals Committee
An internal quality control body that objectively supervises the decision-making process carried out within FLOCERT. Thus, it is responsible for …
Artisanal Small-scale Mining Organisation (ASMO)
Short form: ASMO. An ASMO is comprised of artisanal and small-scale miners and/or is held by legal owners, landowners, shareholders and/or members. …
Artwork approval
The process by which prospective users apply for and receive written permission to use trademarks, such as the Fairtrade Brand Mark and the FAIRTRADE …
A Trader Corporate Certification (TCC) certificate holder under one Master Operator.
Associate Audit
FLOCERT audit of an Associate in a Trader Corporate Certification (TCC) set-up.
FLOCERT provides independent and impartial assurance services. This requires the following five components: A three-party relationship – the …
An evidence-gathering process that aims to assess the compliance of an organisation and/or a product with certain standards. There are three types of …
Audit Order
Order that contains information regarding the audit to be carried out, including customer details (contact information, products), Terms of Reference …