Fairtrade Awareness

Fairtrade Standard (FT) is an international certification standard that encourages organisations to develop, maintain and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace as well as ensuring sustainable production practices. Compliance with the standard proves that an organisation is socially accountable and treats its employees ethically, in compliance with internationally recognised practice. Demonstrating commitment to social accountability can support your corporate vision, and reinforce the loyalty of your employees, customers and stakeholders, which in turn impacts your bottom line.

The standard embraces existing international agreements including conventions from the International Labour Organisation, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Further, the standard encourages democracy, dialogue, transparency, and accountability in the workplace and in use of the Fairtrade premium. Consequently it is not only a prudent for a Fairtrade certified organisation to develop an independent internal audit team to carry out internal and verification of the systems, processes and premium use, but it is also a requirement within the standard.

Streamlined Systems Ltd has designed this training to help Fairtrade Internal Auditors, gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform internal audits on social systems.


  • Describe the responsibilities of an internal auditor and describe the role of internal audit in the maintenance and improvement of management systems, in accordance with Fairtrade standard.
  • Explain the principles, process and selected techniques used by internal Auditors
  • Understand and master the different steps of the internal audit
  • Plan and prepare for an internal audit, gather audit evidence through observation, interview and sampling of documents and records
  • Be able to conduct internal audits on their company and state recommendations for the improvement of the social management system (SMS).
  • Write factual audit reports that help to improve the effectiveness of the management system
  • Suggest ways in which the effectiveness of corrective action might be verified


ยท       The training uses presentations, case studies, role play, quizzes and exercises in the programs to enhance the learning process.

Course Duration: 2 days

Target Group: Internal Auditors

Course content:

  • An overview of the Fairtrade Standard
  • Fairtrade Support Documents
  • An introduction to Auditing
  • Internal Control
  • Preparing an audit program Social Standards
  • On-site Audit
  • Post-audit activity
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