Standard Revision: Fair Trade USA’s Factory Production Standard

The public consultation period (October – December 2021) for the Fair Trade USA™ Draft Factory Production Standard 2.0.0 is now closed. Thank you to all who offered feedback during this time. Your comments will help improve our Standard and continue to drive positive impact globally.

What’s Next?

Fair Trade USA is currently processing all feedback received and will be working to finalize the Factory Production Standard 2.0.0 in the coming months. If you have any questions regarding the revision process, please email us at standards@fairtradeusa.org.

Background

The Draft Factory Production Standard 2.0.0 was available for public comment between October and December 2021. The Draft was developed based on a review of learnings from the implementation of our Factory Standard for more than five years, impact surveys on the ground, and interviews with a selection of stakeholders including Certificate Holders, brands, academics, social and labor rights NGOs, and more. This Draft Factory Production Standard 2.0.0 aimed to improve upon existing requirements to increase value and impact on the ground.

Next Steps

The public consultation was part of Fair Trade USA’s commitment to transparency and diverse stakeholder input. Our Standards Development and Revision Procedure outlines the process we use to write and revise all our standards. This process is based on the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice for setting Social and Environmental Standards. Feedback from public consultation will inform the finalization of the Factory Production Standard version 2.0.0. A summary of the comments received, along with our responses, will be published along with the final Standard. The final Standard will be published in Q3 2022. The Standard will then be revised within five years of publication, in accordance with best practices in standard-setting.

Revision Resources

Project Plan: Factory Standard Major Revision

Includes information about our process, project activities, timeline, and objectives.

Draft Factory Production Standard 2.0.0

The Draft of the revised Factory Production Standard. It includes all the changes made to the Standard, a summary of changes made on each Compliance Criterion, and consultation questions for your consideration.

Draft Requirements for Certificate Scope under the Factory Production Standard

Policy which defines the entities and activities which must be included in the scope of the Certificate, and thus the audit, under the Factory Production Standard.

Draft Guidance for Determining Scope under the Factory Production Standard

Guidance document which provides clarification and examples on the Requirements for Certificate Scope, defining what sites and activities must be included in the scope of the Certificate, and thus the audit, under the Factory Production Standard.

FPS Major Revision Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for the major revision of the FPS.

Draft Score System Guide for the Factory Production Standard (FPS)

Guidance on how the scoring system in the Draft FPS 2.0.0 works.