Shop for Change standards for producers

Shop for Change standards contain 14 rules for producers, which are designed to protect workers, children and the environment and ensure the integrity of the Shop for Change certification system.

Forced labour
There may be no use of forced labour on the farm
Child workers
Children under 14 cannot be hired as workers on the farm. However, the children of producers may help out on their family farms from time to time, provided that they are safe and their education is not adversely affected. Young adult workers and children of producers cannot perform tasks that are especially hazardous for them because of their age.
Diversity, non-discrimination and harassment
Diversity, respect, and dignity are promoted in the work environment, including providing opportunities for disabled people, ensuring gender equality, and guaranteeing equal pay for equal work. Discrimination and harassment are prohibited.
Freedom of association and collective bargaining
Workers have the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Payment and wages
Workers on certified farms earn at least the applicable legal minimum wage or prevailing regional wage and receive prompt payment.
Healthy and safe working environment
Producers must provide workers with a safe and healthy working environment in order to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries in the workplace.
Commitment to participate in capacity building programmes
Producers must show willingness to take part in training and education programmes in order to improve production practices, lower production costs, and maximise production efficiency.
Assessing environmental impact and preserving ecosystems
Producers must demonstrate continual improvement in minimising environmental impact and preserving local ecosystems by adopting environmentally friendly practices at the farm level.
Safe use of agrochemicals
The use of nationally banned chemicals is prohibited and producers must follow their producer group’s guidelines on the judicious use of chemicals.
Promotion and adoption of sustainable agriculture
Producers must demonstrate continual improvement in adopting sustainable agricultural practices to promote long term sustainable production and livelihood security.
Registration in certification system
Producers must be eligible to register according to Shop for Change standards to ensure that the fair trade benefits reach the intended producer beneficiaries and their families.
Quality of produce
Producers must commit to producing quality products that meet buyer and consumer expectations.
Material balance
Producers must ensure that the amount of produce they sell is not more than the quantity produced minus any amount consumed or used for other purposes. Producers must also prevent the co-mingling of produce from certified and non-certified farms.
Record keeping
Producers must maintain records of their crop production and employment practices to assist the certification process.
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