- How is the Fairtrade premium spent? How do we know the money is being used properly?
- Why are sports balls not delivered inflated?
- How long will it take for a sports ball to reach me after ordering?
- What is the difference between our footballs and the major brands?
- What is the difference between footballs offered by Fair Deal Trading and cheap footballs?
- What are the quality criteria for Footballs?
- My Sports ball is losing air - is this normal?
- What are balls made of?
- Who monitors that the fair trade criteria are complied with?
Who monitors that the fair trade criteria are complied with?
As far as sports balls are concerned, it is the task of the Fairtrade Foundation and its international umbrella association; The Fair Trade Labelling Organization (FLO) to ensure compliance. Incidentally, the first executive secretary of TransFair/FLO was Fair Deal Trading partner Martin Kunz, who during that period also established the criteria for labelled Fair Trade tea (as well as the monitoring system), and later developed a similar criteria for sports balls.
However, at the end of the day the best monitors are the producers of the Fair Trade products themselves: They know that Fair Trade is in their interest and that corruption could endanger everyone involved. Our supplier in Pakistan has established a system of complaints which helps weed out attempts at non-compliance.