- have been paid a decent wage;
- be working without coercion;
- not be children**;
- not be being exposed to poisons without suitable protection.
**the International Labour Organisation makes a distinction between 'child labour' and 'child work'. 'Child work' is work that doesn't interfere with their education or affect their health - like the paper run I did as a kid. 'Child labour' is work that goes beyond that. I'm OK with 'child work', but not 'child labour'.
I know that if I buy goods with the FairTrade™ logo or buy my goods from TradeAid, then they will meet those conditions.
|(Update from 2018 - the FairTrade Sourced Programs are fairly new - they now have cocoa, sugar and cotton programmes, all with the slightly washed-out logo you see at the right. This means that the named ingredient is FairTrade certified, but not the other ingredients in the product.)|
However, a new fair trade certification has now come to my notice: "UTZ certified". It's used mostly for cocoa, coffee and tea at this stage, but is gradually widening its scope.
- the producers of the goods don't have to be a co-op: they can be a normal company;
- you can advertise that one of the ingredients in the product is 'UTZ certified' even if the others aren't. (Update from 2018: FairTrade now also has this possibility, through the FairTrade Sourced cocoa, cotton and sugar programmes)