If you feel that the world of Fair Trade has its very own language – do not worry! With this glossary we would like to guide you through the specific technical terms used by FLOCERT, Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
A Fairtrade composite product is a product composed of more than one ingredient, of which at least one is Fairtrade certified. In Fairtrade composite products, all ingredients for which there are Fairtrade Standards must be Fairtrade certified. So, in the case of chocolate, the cocoa and the sugar must be certified. In the case of single-ingredient products like coffee, 100% of the coffee must be Fairtrade certified to carry the label.
In order to carry the FAIRTRADE Certification Mark on packaging there needs to be at least a minimum specified amount of Fairtrade ingredients in the product. At least 50% of the volume of liquid composite products must be Fairtrade certified. For all other composite products the significant ingredient (for example cocoa in chocolate, sugar in conserves) must be Fairtrade certified, and must be at least 20% of the products’ dry weight.