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Fairtrade Standard for Cane Sugar dehydrated sugar cane juice; if you sell Fairtrade organic sugar then the input purchased cannot be non-organic Fairtrade sugar. White refined sugar

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  • Fairtrade Standard for Cane Sugar Applies to: Small producer organizations and traders

    Current version: 01.10.2015_v1.1

    Expected date of next review: 2020

    Contact for comments: [email protected]

    For further information and standards downloads:

    www.fairtrade.net/standards.html

    © Didier Gentilhomme

    mailto:[email protected] http://www.fairtrade.net/standards.html

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    Content

    Introduction _______________________________________________________________________ 3

    How to use this Standard ___________________________________________________________ 3

    Product description ________________________________________________________________ 3

    Price and Fairtrade Premium ________________________________________________________ 3

    Chapters ________________________________________________________________________ 3

    Structure ________________________________________________________________________ 4

    Requirements ____________________________________________________________________ 4

    Scope __________________________________________________________________________ 4

    Application ______________________________________________________________________ 4

    Definitions _______________________________________________________________________ 4

    Monitoring of changes _____________________________________________________________ 5

    Change history ___________________________________________________________________ 5

    1. General Requirements ____________________________________________________________ 6

    2. Trade __________________________________________________________________________ 6

    2.1 Traceability __________________________________________________________________ 6

    3. Production ______________________________________________________________________ 7

    3.1 Production indicators __________________________________________________________ 7

    3.2 Occupational health and safety __________________________________________________ 7

    4. Business and Development _______________________________________________________ 8

    4.1 Contracts ____________________________________________________________________ 8

    4.2 Price and Fairtrade Premium ____________________________________________________ 8

    4.3 Timely payment_______________________________________________________________ 9

    4.4 Premium payment in case of multiple producers supplying the same mill __________________ 9

    4.5 Premium use ________________________________________________________________ 10

    4.6 Access to finance ____________________________________________________________ 10

    4.7 Sourcing and market information for planning ______________________________________ 11

    4.8 Retro-certification ____________________________________________________________ 11

    Annex 1: Reporting template for production indicators __________________________________ 12

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    Introduction

    How to use this Standard

    The Fairtrade Standard for Cane Sugar covers the requirements which are specific to sugar cane

    producers and traders.

    Fairtrade cane sugar producers must comply with both the Fairtrade Standard for Small Producer

    Organizations and the Fairtrade Standard for Cane Sugar. For producers this standard complements,

    and should be read together with, the Fairtrade Standard for Small Producer Organizations.

    Fairtrade cane sugar traders must comply with both the Fairtrade Trader Standard and Fairtrade

    Standard for Cane Sugar. For traders this standard complements, and should be read together with, the

    Fairtrade Trader Standard.

    In cases where this standard differs from the Fairtrade Standard for Small Producer Organizations

    Standard or the Fairtrade Trader Standard on the same topic, the requirements presented in this

    standard apply.

    Product description

    This standard covers the purchase and sale of cane sugar. Cane sugar is produced from the juice of the

    sugar cane plant (Saccharum spp.). This standard also covers secondary products and their derivatives.

    A secondary product can be a by-product, a co-product or a residue produced in the country of origin.

    By-products of cane sugar production are for example molasses, bagasse, bagasse ash, and filter cake.

    A derivative of a secondary product is a secondary product processed in the country of origin.

    Derivatives of a secondary product are for example rum produced with molasses and bio-plastics made

    from bagasse.

    The definition of secondary products is included in the Fairtrade Trader Standard. An explanatory note

    for secondary products and a non-exhaustive list of products fitting in the secondary products definition is

    available on the Fairtrade International website.

    Price and Fairtrade Premium

    There is no Fairtrade Minimum Price for Fairtrade cane sugar. Fairtrade Premium levels for Fairtrade

    products are published separately to the product Standards.

    There are no Fairtrade Minimum Prices defined for secondary products and their derivatives. The prices

    (at CIF or FOB level) of these products, from any origin, are negotiated between the importer and the

    exporter. A default Fairtrade Premium of 15% of the negotiated price must be paid in addition.

    Chapters

    The Fairtrade Standard for Cane Sugar has four chapters: General Requirements, Trade, Production and

    Business and Development.

    http://www.fairtrade.net/fileadmin/user_upload/content/2009/standards/documents/generic-standards/TS_EN.pdf http://www.fairtrade.net/

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    Structure

    In each chapter and section of the standard you will find:

     The intent which introduces and describes the objective and defines the scope of application of that

    chapter;

     The requirements which specify the rules that you must adhere to. You will be audited according to

    these requirements; and

     The guidance provided to help you to interpret the requirements. The guidance offers best practices,

    suggestions and examples of how to comply with the requirement. It also gives you further explanation

    on the requirement with the rationale and / or intention behind the requirement. You will not be audited

    against guidance.

    Requirements

    In this standard you will find two different types of requirements:

     Core requirements which reflect Fairtrade principles and all of which must be complied with. These

    are indicated with the term ’Core’ found in the column on the left throughout the Standard.

     Voluntary Best Practices (VBP) which refer to the additional steps that all supply chain actors can

    take to foster even fairer trading conditions. They serve as your reference point for achieving best

    practice and contribute to greater sustainability in the entire supply chain. These practices are

    voluntary and not required in order for you to be in compliance. They will be however monitored on a

    regular basis in order to identify those actors that go beyond minimum compliance. These practices

    are indicated with the term ’VBP’ found in the column on the left throughout the standard.

    Scope

    This standard applies to all Fairtrade cane sugar producers and all companies that buy and sell

    Fairtrade cane sugar. All operators taking ownership of Fairtrade certified products and / or handling the

    Price and Fairtrade Premium are audited and certified.

    Different requirements apply to different companies depending on their role in the supply chain. You can

    find if a requirement is applicable to you in the column “applies to”.

    Application

    This version of the Fairtrade Standard for Cane Sugar was published and is applicable as of 1 May 2017.

    This version supersedes all previous versions and includes new and changed requirements. New

    requirements introduced in this version as well as in version v1.0 are identified in this standard by the

    word “ NEW ”.

    Definitions

    Fairtrade eligible is the volume of all cane produce by certified producers that can be sold under

    Fairtrade conditions.

    Producer means any entity that has been certified under the Fairtrade Standard for Small Producer

    Organizations. Individual producers are the members of those organizations.

    Retro-certification occurs when a Fairtrade payer buys cane sugar from a Fairtrade producer or exporter

    under ordinary conditions (non-Fairtrade) and at a later stage converts it into a Fairtrade product.

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    For a comprehensive list of definitions see the Fairtrade Trader Standard.

    Monitoring of changes

    Fairtrade International may change Fairtrade standards as explained in Fairtrade International’s

    Standard Operating Procedures, see www.fairtrade.net/setting-the-standards.html . Fairtrade Standard

    requirements can be added, deleted, or changed. If you are Fairtrade-cer

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