If you feel that the world of Fair Trade has its very own language – don’t fret! We’ll keep you in the know!


With this glossary we’ll guide you through the common technical terms used by FLOCERT, Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).


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Major compliance criteria

A limited number of compliance criteria (CC) have been classified as major. Fulfilment of these criteria implies compliance with the fundamental principles, which are mainly linked to minimum requirements of the Fairtrade Standards. If non-conformity with major CC is identified during an audit (renewal or focused), this may lead to a suspension of the current certificate or decertification.

Find out more about the compliance criteria.

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