Ethical certification criteria take into account not only environmental perspectives, but also human well-being in different phases of production.
Under Fair Trade certification, farmers form cooperatives that are paid a Fair Trade premium in addition to proceeds from product sales. The farmers in the cooperative collectively decide what purposes this premium will be used for, such as to enhance production efficiency or build a school for the children of the workers.
The production of Fair Trade-certified products complies with strict environmental regulations that protect the well-being of the farmers and nature. The workers must be paid at least the legal minimum wage. They must also have the right to organise and to have a vacation. Use of child labour is forbidden.See Fair Trade products
Fair for Life
The Fair for Life certificate promotes compliance with social responsibility and Fair Trade principles in agriculture, production and trade. The Fair for Life programme supports For Life certification, as Fair for Life focuses especially on the product perspective, while For Life focuses on the corporate perspective.See Fair for Life products
The For Life certificate is based on companies committing to upholding responsibility in their own operations. With the For Life certificate, a company can identify and assess the risk factors of social and environmental responsibility as well as aim to achieve continuous improvement in responsibility in its operations.
A product may also be granted a For Life certificate. The supply chain of such a product must have been inspected and 80% of its ingredients must have been approved by For Life or equivalent responsibility project.
The For Life programme supports Fair for Life certification, as Fair for Life focuses especially on the product perspective, while For Life focuses on the corporate perspective.See For Life products
Complex supply chains pose a challenge in verifying ethical operations
Alko sources products from around 70 countries. Our supply chain includes more than 600 beverage suppliers and about 1,700 other suppliers of services or goods. Product supply chains are multi-tiered and complicated. Read more about human rights in Alko’s supply chain.