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The Fair Rubber Association certification aims to improve the working and living conditions of primary producers of natural latex, while also promoting environmentally friendly rubber production. The certification is relevant for industries involved in the production and distribution of natural rubber. However, the scope of audits, whether limited to plantations or extended to manufacturing and distribution, is not clearly stated.
To acquire the certification, companies must provide documentation demonstrating legal, long-term forest management or use rights. Independent auditing firms control adherence to the criteria. The criteria are closely based on those of Fairtrade Labeling Organizations (FLO), ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work, and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
The certification does not specify a validity period. However, ongoing activities for improvement are expected until full compliance is reached. The Joint Body, which manages the Fair Trade Premium, monitors and reports annually, allowing for adjustments to be made for improvement.
The certification offers a high level of assurance for ethical and environmental practices in rubber production. It ensures fair wages and better living conditions for workers while also focusing on environmental sustainability. However, the lack of clarity on the scope of supply chain audits could be a limitation for stakeholders interested in comprehensive ethical and environmental accountability.