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Fairtrade International (FLO) is a non-profit organization focusing on the empowerment of farmers and workers in developing countries through trade. As Fairtrade has grown, FLO has developed new ways to connect farmers to business to increase their Fairtrade sales, bring more Fairtrade benefits to them and give people more ways to support Fairtrade farmers.
FLO independently check that their standards have been met by the farmers, workers and companies that are part of products’ supply chains. And in order to reassure consumers that this has happened, they use the FAIRTRADE license.
FLO provides leadership, tools and services needed to connect producers and consumers, promote fairer trading conditions and work towards sustainable livelihoods. All the farmers and workers receive a fair trade price for their cotton and a premium: The Fairtrade Premium is an additional sum of money which goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use – as they see fit – to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions. Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International is the legally registered name for ‘Fairtrade International’.
The most widely used fair trade certification is FLO International's, the International Fairtrade Certification Mark, used in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Read more about Fairtrade International.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.
The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibres. The final products may include but are not limited to fibre products, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles. The standard does not set criteria for leather products.
Read more about the detailed GOTS- criteria from The Global Organic Textile Standard website.