Podcast with Sajindranath A.K. on Fairtrade tea


How much do we know about the tea industry?

Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world and many of us can’t face the day without a cup. But how much do we know about the tea industry?

In our latest podcast, Sajindranath A.K., FLOCERT´s Certification Manager for Asia-Pacific, discusses the realities of this multi-billion dollar industry, how FLOCERT is checking if the Fairtrade-certified organisations offer a decent working environment for their workers and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Formal procedure of confirmation, by which an authorised person or agency assesses and verifies the attributes, quality, qualification, status of …
The independent Fairtrade Certification body, offering Fairtrade Certification services to customers in more than 120 countries. FLOCERT GmbH, a …
Field Workers, artisans or other Workers, including migrant, temporary, seasonal, sub-contracted and permanent Workers, and all other Hired Labour …
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Sajindranath A.K. is FLOCERT´s Certification Manager for Asia-Pacific and has been associated with Fairtrade and FLOCERT since 2004. He started as an auditor, then joined FLOCERT as a certification analyst when our office in India was established. Over the years he has worked as an auditor, senior certification analyst, certifier, Assurance Scheme Manager and auditor trainer. Saji has been auditing across many countries in the Asia Pacific region for all Fairtrade standards and products and has been auditing tea since 2004.

He is a qualified  agronomist with a PhD in horticultural science and has been involved with the Indian Organic program as a consultant  in standard setting and accreditation for organic certification bodies in India. He loves research and has a few scientific papers published.

Certification Analyst
FLOCERT employee who acts as the point of contact for customers; coordinating and administering Fairtrade Certification for customers in the regions …
Fairtrade Standards
Fairtrade Standards, comprising Fairtrade Generic Standards and Fairtrade Product Standards, are requirements that producers and traders must meet in …
The formal declaration and recognition by a neutral third party and authoritative body that a certification body and its programme is competent to …
FLOCERT provides independent and impartial assurance services. This requires the following five components: A three-party relationship – the …
At FLOCERT, the Certifier refers to the staff member who, in contrast to an Evaluator, has the authority to take Certification Decisions.
Fairtrade refers to all or any part of the activities of Fairtrade International eV, FLOCERT, Fairtrade Producer Networks, National Fairtrade …
A person qualified to carry out audits on behalf of a certification body. Learn more about the audits carried out by FLOCERT auditors.