Nature – Future – Culture (NFC) was developed from a strong commitment to our values and mission. We go above and beyond conventional fair trade by implementing our internal standard. With the help of local actors, NFC was created to be a unique blend of customer needs and expectations, international sustainability standards, and TRIPPER quality and philosophies.
Nature - We respect the environment and aim to preserve biodiversity. Farmers make a commitment not to harvest protected animal or plant species. Our suppliers must prove the legality of their water resources, demonstrate reasonable water usage, and account for the quality of runoff water. We promote energy efficiency and encourage farmers to minimize their carbon footprint. If possible, we urge the use renewable energy sources. Waste management criteria is applicable to all actors along supply chain. They must ensure organic and synthetic waste is collected properly. NFC promotes composting and recycling.
Future - In order to better answer the needs of tomorrow, it is necessary to create strong and lasting relationships that allow for open communication between all actors. We develop case by case long-standing agreements with our farmers to plan and implement our mutual investment decisions. Of course, a premium per kilo price of raw material is necessary for fair compensation of labor. Working environments must respect human rights and be optimal for all employees. All contracts and agreements are recorded and respect ILO requirements.
Culture - We use unique criteria for each crop because they require different growing methods, but all involve a culture of sustainability. Documentation and traceability are essential in ensuring the proper application of NFC. Traceability starts even before sourcing. Land management practices must be documented from the date good are planted until harvest. Not just the product must be traceable, but all agreements, contracts, and financial records. NFC lots must be separated from any other production or NFC certification will not be considered. Any tools or dangerous mechanisms involved in production process must be stored safely. NFC also covers topics like raw material control, transport, and criteria for selection of new plots that farmers wish to certify.
NFC members receive an internal audit from an established Internal Control System (ICS) team as well as external audit led by a TRIPPER team member. Each product has a handbook detailing criteria of TRIPPERs NFC standards for a more sustainable future.
Our primary areas of focus are: