Factory Production Standard (FPS) 2.0.0 Training Series

Fair Trade USA team worked closely with a diverse range of stakeholders to develop and publish the Factory Production Standard (FPS) 2.0.0, which go into effect January 1st, 2023. Existing factories will have until August 2023 to fully transition to this Standard.

 

Video Trainings

The following training videos are intended to further explain the scope of the revised standard, our approach to continuous improvement, and worker empowerment.

Live Introductory Session

During this live session on September 20, 2022, we detailed big picture changes to Fair Trade USA’s Revised Factory Production Standard (FPS) 2.0.0. The session started with an introduction by Larry Ruff, President, Fair Trade USA.

Please note: A large part of this session included the video below.

FPS 2.0.0 – Overview

In this video, we provide an overview of the Revised Factory Production Standard (FPS) 2.0.0.

FPS 2.0.0 – Scope

This section is focused on defining the scope of the Fair Trade Certificate. The Standards Team reviews who and what the Certificate covers and topics such as legal entities, vendors, multi-site locations and shared buildings.

Topics Covered (and timestamps):

  • Understanding Scope 01:16
  • Identifying the Certificate Holder 02:14
  • Approach to Vendors 03:32
  • Multi-Site Certificate 04:15
  • Shared Buildings 05:46
  • Sites not in Scope 06:37
  • Scope Summary 07:52

Approach to Continuous Improvement

This section covers Fair Trade USA’s approach to provide flexibility and faster onboarding of Certificate Holders. This video reviews progress milestones from Year 0 – Year 6 and the differences between the former standard and the new FPS 2.0.0.

Topics Covered (and timestamps):

  • Our Goals 00:16
  • Purpose 00:52
  • Scoring System 01:54
  • NC Ranking System 06:13
  • Future State 13:51

Module 1: Empowerment

This module includes the significant changes in the FPS that address worker empowerment, premium participant representation, premium spending and worker empowerment.

Topics Covered (and timestamps):

  • Sub module 1.1 Premium participant representation 02:41
  • Sub module 1.2 Premium spending 08:56
  • Sub module 1.3 Worker empowerment 14:20

Module 2: Fundamental Human Rights at Work

Human rights are a pillar of the fair trade movement. This video walks through specific criteria by sub-module. In addition, two changes from the AHG and FPS are highlighted.

Topics Covered (and timestamps):

  • How Human Rights are Embedded into Fair Trade Model 00:19

  • Our Impact 00:57

  • Sub Module 2.1 – Right to Work & Freedom from Servitude 02:16

  • Sub Module 2.2 – Rights of a Child 02:58

  • Sub Module 2.3 – Freedom from Discrimination & Abuse 03:59

  • Change Highlighted – Reasonable Accommodation 04:34

  • Sub Module 2.4 – Right to Peaceful Assembly & Association 05:18

  • Change Highlighted – Move from Module 2 – Module 7 06:33

Module 3: Conditions of Employment

This module covers the lifecycle of the employee and employer relationship: the requirements that span across the hiring, employment and the termination process. The changes between AHG and FPS are highlighted throughout this video.

Topics Covered (and timestamps):

  • Employment Agreements & Conditions 01:13
  • Differences Between AHG & FPS in 3.1 01:51
  • Labor Contractors 03:38
  • Workforce Analysis 05:10
  • Discipline and Termination 06:58
  • Differences Between AHG & FPS 07:29
  • Sub-Module 3.2: Workers are Recruited Ethically 08:36
  • Significant Changes in 3.2 08:49
  • Sub-Module 3.3: Workers Work Reasonable Hours 10:06
  • Sub-Module 3.4: Workers Receive Fair Wages 10:49
  • Significant Changes in 3.4 11:24
  • Steps Toward a Living Wage Approach 12:02
  • Termination and Suspension 13:59
  • Sub-Module 3.5: Workers Receive Fair Benefits & Access to Basic Needs & Services 14:46
  • Updates to Benefits 16:13

Module 4: Occupational Health & Safety (OPS)

This video covers how the expectations have changed between the AHG and the FPS. Join an online poll to review protections for workplace health and safety for factory workers. It is interesting to note how in one way or another these protections have made their way into the FPS.

Topics Covered (and timestamps):

  • Interactive Slido Poll 0:28
  • Overall Structure of Module 4 01:30
  • Sub-Module 4.1: Factories Take Action 02:20
  • Approach to Safety Criteria with AHG v. FPS 03:25
  • Significant Changes 05:02
  • Hazard Assessment 06:12
  • OHS Committee 07:07
  • Sub-Module 4.2: Workplace Preparation & Response to Incidents 08:05
  • Incident Reporting and Investigation 10:17
  • Sub-Module 4.3: Workplace Emergency Response 12:23

Module 5: Environmental Responsibility & Management

Module 5 has not significantly changed from the previous standard. This video does review the order and organization of the criteria. The video opens with an interesting activity of overlaying the specific relevant FPS Modules on the World Health Organizations’ graphic of environmental health risk factors.

Topics Covered (and timestamps):

  • Interactive Slido Poll 0:28
  • World Health Organization ‘How the Environment Impacts Our Health” 0:17
  • Linkage of Topics to Module 4 0:27
  • Linkage to Topics to Module 3 0:37
  • Linkage to Topics to Module 5 0:47
  • Linkage to Best Practice Criteria & Module 5 01:09
  • Sub- Module 5.1 Factories Implement Environmentally Responsible Practices & Management Systems 01:25
  • AHG v. FPS Revision Specifics 02:03
  • Sub-Module 5.2 Hazardous Materials 04:03
  • Sub-Module 5.3 Waste Management 04:39

Module 6: Transparency & Traceability

This module maps out how product and premium flow throughout a Fair Trade Supply Chain. The mapping includes who is involved in the making, purchasing and selling a Fair Trade Certified product.

Topics Covered (and timestamps):

  • Vendors – Significant Changes 01:25
  • Vendor Change Recap/Summary 05:59
  • Sub-Module 6.1 – There is Traceability Throughout the Supply Chain 08:44
  • Documentation Across the Supply Chain 08:59
  • Sub-Module 6.2 – Agreements are Followed 11:57
  • Required Agreements 12:13
  • Sub-Module 6.3 – Certificate Holders Are Transparent with Fair Trade USA and the Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) 15:38
  • Audit Integrity and Transparency Requirements 16:26

Module 7: Internal Management Systems (IMS)

This module is Fair Trade USA’s newest module. This video covers the nuts and bolts and processes that are needed to establish an IMS. The commentary reviews the strategies and practices needed implement and IMS; taking it from concept to reality!

Topics Covered (and timestamps):

  • Sub-Module 7.1: An IMS is Created to Facilitate Compliance and Improvements
  • IMS Timeline 02:10
  • IMS Manual Key Components 03:12
  • Sub-Module 7.2: The IMS is Implemented 05:13
  • IMS Development Timeline 05:24
  • Why evaluate risk/Risk Assessment 05:38
  • Internal Inspection 9:23
  • Supporting Elements 12:25
  • Sub-Module 7.3: The Factory Establishes Appropriate Policies and Procedures and Training of Management and Workers to Implement the Factory Standards Requirements 14:11
  • Training Plan & Implementation 14:45
  • Sub-Module 7.4: The IMS is Evaluated for Effectiveness and Updated as Needed. (discussed throughout video)
  • Sub-Module 7.5: Worker Engagement and Channels of Communication Between Management and Workers 17:46
  • Communication Channels 17:54
  • Grievance Mechanism 18:28
  • Social Engagement Team (SET) 22:52
  • The Big Picture 24:18
  • Sub-Module 7.6: The Relationships Between the Certificate Holder and Any Separately-Managed Sites Included Under the Certificate Are Transparent 27:17
  • Agreements 27:29