We are pleased to announce that IMO´s Fair for Life Fair Trade and Social Responsibility Programme finalised the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) Equivalence Process as the first product certification scheme that applies to a wide range of products, ensures fair production conditions down to farm level and is guaranteed by an independent ISO 17065 accredited certification body. By means of the GSCP Equivalence Process Fair for Life has been benchmarked against international best practice of existing compliance systems and standards as set out in the GSCP Reference Tools. The results of the benchmarking process are now available for sharing and comparing on the GSCP Equivalence Process’ online platform: gscpequivalenceprocess.com.
“We share the GSCP´s vision of more transparency, comparability and trust in global sustainable sourcing. We are very proud to have our well established, independent Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Programme finish the assessment. The in depth benchmarking process against the GSCP Reference code and Audit Process and Methodology tool was a valuable exercise in our continuous efforts to strengthen and further improve the Fair for Life Programme. In turn, this will further facilitate recognition of Fair for Life by different market actors with their varying social codes and expectations”, said Florentine Meinshausen, author of the Fair for Life Programme.
“We congratulate the IMO Fair for Life programme on having finalised the GSCP Equivalence Process benchmarking. Fair for Life is joining a growing number of standards that make their benchmarking results transparent on the Equivalence Process Platform. We encourage buying companies to make informed decisions about the standards they are using by requesting access to the results of IMO and other standards on the Equivalence Process Platform”, said Sonja Schmid, Equivalence Process Manager.
About the Equivalence Process
The goal of the GSCP Equivalence Process is to help drive continuous improvements and harmonisation in global supply chain sustainability. This is achieved through the effective benchmarking of supply chain management systems and standards against international best practice as set out by the GSCP Reference Tools. Users benefit from an in-depth review of the requirements of their code of conduct or standard, with the aim of driving continuous improvement. By completing the EP and sharing results, users gain a thorough understanding of their respective requirements.
About Fair for Life: Certification from Purchase to Sales
Fair for Life is a brand neutral, third party Certification programme for Social Responsibility (“For Life”) and Fair Trade (“Fair for Life”). The programme builds on key baseline standards such as the ILO conventions, SA 8000, the social criteria of IFOAM and international Fair Trade Principles. It combines strict social, fair trade, and environmental standards with adaptability to local conditions and requires certification along the entire chain of custody. Fair for Life has gained quick acceptance and is well-known in high quality markets worldwide. More than 250 operations are currently certified against the Fair for Life Programme by IMOswiss AG (IMO). IMO is a leading provider of international certification services for organic, ecological and social standards. As part of the ECOCERT Group, it benefits from a large international network of 29 subsidiaries and operations in more than 110 countries.
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