FLO-Cert Impact Assessment Report

The Fairtrade movement is requiring increased evidence of the impacts of Fairtrade over and above compliance with Fairtrade Standards. This is most true for impacts of Fairtrade .

The Fairtrade movement is requiring increased evidence of the impacts of Fairtrade over and above compliance with Fairtrade Standards. This is most true for impacts of Fairtrade premium projects on beneficiaries and the demand to demonstrate impacts is most concentrated in the cocoa industry.

Fairtrade is responding to these demands in the manner in which it sets standards and in a system-wide process of collecting comparable statistical data for monitoring and evaluation. FLO-CERT, as the certifier for Fairtrade, is the primary agent for data collection across all certified clients. FLO-CERT is developing practical methodologies and techniques for regular collection and verification of reliable data which can be used to demonstrate impact. In addition to this FLO-CERT is well positioned to execute discrete and customised data collection and impact assessment processes for a particular client or supply chain, such as this mini-project.[An Extract from the executive summary of the report].