Shop for Change standards for producers organisations

Shop for Change Fair Producer groups are legal entities that are registered as a development organisations, cooperatives, non-government organisations, companies or other type of organisations that have as part of their business models the explicit objective of developing the economic and social welfare of producers, their families and their communities.

Shop for Change registered producer groups have eight key compliance areas designed to ensure benefits to producers and the environment and promote equality and diversity.

Transparency and accountability
The producer group shares information with its producers in a transparent manner and is accountable for the decisions it takes.
Diversity, non-discrimination and harassment
The producer group is non-discriminatory and promotes diversity and gender equality among its registered producers.
Promoting a healthy and safe working environment
The producer group promotes healthy and safe working conditions for workers hired by producers as well as workers hired by the organisation itself.
Promoting decent work conditions
The producer group facilitates registered producers’ provision of decent work conditions for workers on their farms through information dissemination and internal inspections.
Management of capacity building funds
The producer group uses the capacity building funds paid by buyers to enhance the capacity of its producers to adhere to Shop for Change standards and conduct business more effectively. Use of the funds is transparent.
Payment to registered producers
The producer group provides a mechanism for issuing prompt and transparent payment to registered producers.
Promoting and ensuring adherence to environmentally friendly practices
The producer group promotes environmentally friendly practices to its registered producers and establishes mechanisms for implementation.
Promotion and adoption of sustainable agriculture
The producer group promotes appropriate sustainable agricultural practices for its registered producers by setting long-term goals, establishing appropriate mechanisms for implementation, and making relevant support schemes available to its producers.
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