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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Group Mass Balance

Group Mass Balance (GMB) allows that Fairtrade inputs do not need to be delivered to the same site as that where the Fairtrade output is processed. Group Mass Balance is only allowed in cocoa and cane sugar. All entities belong to the same group. The product can be delivered to, processed in, sold on from any of the sites (i.e. Additional Entities, that consequently do not take legal ownership). Legal ownership remains only with the Master Operator.

See also: Mass Balance.