Glossary

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).

Physical traceability

In a Fairtrade supply chain, physical traceability is the ability to follow a specific product throughout the supply chain and all stages of production and processing. In this model, Fairtrade products have to always be segregated from non-Fairtrade products (exceptions apply to cocoa, tea, sugar and juice products) and certified companies have to ensure that the product is clearly identifiable as Fairtrade. Physical mixing certified products coming from different certified sources is allowed.

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