FUNDEPPO, the Foundation of Organized Small Producers, announced this week that they have taken several key steps to implement a seal that identifies Fair Trade products from small producers’ organizations. The seal, or symbol, shown at left, is a central part of FUNDEPPO’s struggle to support small producers’ organizations interested in a fairer and more sustainable world, now increasingly controlled by large scale businesses and values of domination and exploitation.FUNDEPPO, formed by the Latin American Fair Trade Producers organization, CLAC, in July authorized Mexican Certification Agency for Ecological Products and Processes (CERTIMEX) as its first certifier for the symbol. FUNDEPPO is also seeking other certification bodies for the symbol. Twelve small producer organizations, in six countries, have already been certified. FUNDEPPO also registers buyers interesting in participating in their program, and reports that Just Us! Coffee in Canada, and Ethiquable of France, have recently registered.
FUNDEPPO has its own Board, Standards Committee, and communication process with CLAC. FUNDEPPO has held events in the US (at Specialty Coffee Association of America conference) in April, in West Africa in May, and in Ecuador, Guatemala and Canada in June, to build support for the initiative. In October 2011 FUNDEPPO plans to host the first international conference on the small producer symbol.
More at Small Producers’ Symbol website.