The WFTO has developed its own Guarantee System which ensures that all WFTO members adhere to the organization’s Principles as expressed in the WFTO Standard (approved in 2013 by the WFTO global Board). The system is based on a three-level monitoring system whereby members are required to fulfil the following monitoring procedures:
1. Self Assessment: every 2 years
2. Monitoring audit by an approved WFTO-auditor every 2-6 years depending on the risk category
3. Peer visits by peers nominated by the FTO: every 2-6 years depending on the risk category.
Additionally, WFTO has developed the WFTO Fair Trade Accountability Watch, which is an online social accountability system that allows all members as well as concerned stakeholders or the public to raise alerts about a WFTO member’s compliance with the WFTO Standard.
The Guarantee System is not a product certification system, but an assurance mechanism that Fair Trade is implemented in the supply chain and practices of the organisation. To learn more of the system, kindly read the handbook here.