The Shop for Change standards for buyers

The Shop for Change standards for buyers are characterised by six key commitments that protect farmers and workers and ensure that the Shop for Change Fair Trade certification system is robust.

Shop for Change standards for buyers are characterised by six key commitments that protect farmers and workers and ensure that the Shop for Change Fair Trade certification system is robust.

The six buyer commitments

1
Buy from certified farmer groups
Buyers commit to source from Shop for Change certified farmer groups for products that bear the Shop for Change Mark.
2
Pay the capacity building premium
Buyers pay farmers a ‘capacity building premium’ on top of the value of the crop. Farmer groups transparently invest this money in capacity building for the organisation, this includes training farmers and helping them meet Shop for Change standards.
3
Negotiate fair and transparent contracts with farmer groups
Buyers draw up and abide by clear and transparent contracts with farmer groups. These contracts must be on fair terms for farmers and should include the negotiated price and capacity building premium; quality and quantity specifications; delivery and transportation conditions and schedules; a termination clause; provision for unforeseeable problems such as droughts and conflict resolution procedures.
4
Ensure material balance
Buyers demonstrate that the quantity of Shop for Change certified products they sell is equal to the amount they purchased, minus any processing loss. This process is known as ‘material balance’. Partner brands demonstrate the material balance of any additional actors in the supply chain not including the farmer group and the first buyer.
5
Label accurately
Buyers convey clear and accurate information about Shop for Change Fair Trade certification on the final consumer product and when communicating publically.
6
Follow employment laws
Buyers observe national and local labour and health and safety laws which protect workers and children.