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Our Team

We started as a small group of innovators, tasked with developing a rigorous certification system for Fairtrade International. Today, we’ve grown into a team of over 150 enthusiastic experts in fair global trade, based in 6 offices on 4 continents, and over 120 highly qualified auditors, carefully selected and trained by FLOCERT to serve our customers around the world. Everyone at FLOCERT is respected as a leader in their own right. As individuals we take ownership of what we do, show initiative, and value our colleagues and all of our customers.

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Account Development Team

The Account Development team is your first stop on your journey to sustainable fair trade. Your dedicated Account Manager will introduce you to FLOCERT and help you decide which of our services is right for your organisation, right now.

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Human Resources Team

Can you picture yourself part of the FLOCERT family? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with our friendly Human Resources team to find out more about working at FLOCERT. You can also take a look at our current job opportunities and find out how to apply!

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Finance Team

We’re here to make sure your experience of working with FLOCERT is excellent from beginning to end. If you have a question about your invoice or payments, our terms and conditions, or any other area relating to finance, we’re happy to help.

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Regional Managers

Every region we work in is different. To make sure we can meet your needs, we have offices right across the world. If you have a question about joining the fair global trade movement, just get in touch with us. You might also like to find out more about how certification works before you get started on your journey.

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Meet our Management Team

At FLOCERT, everyone is a leader. Our Directors and Senior Managers set the tone for the rest of our team: taking ownership of what they do, demonstrating initiative and showing mutual respect.

Meet our auditors

To become Fairtrade certified, an organisation must have an on-site audit. These audits are carried out by over one hundred highly qualified and trained auditors around the world. Auditor independence is a prerequisite for impartial certification and verification work. The topic of independence is regularly raised and discussed during auditor trainings (workshops, webinars, etc.) and our auditors are solely selected by FLOCERT.

Supervisory Team

Rüdiger Meyer


The pioneer of the international certification scheme for Fairtrade and founder of FLOCERT in 2003. Previously, he run his own consultancy business and was a Fairtrade International product manager. Rüdiger contributes regularly to conferences on advancing Fairtrade and certification trends. He holds a Business, Law and Organizational Development degree and a Masters in Sociology.

Volker Klosowski

Chair of Supervisory Board

Volker has more than 25 years of professional experience, 20 years of which he spent as either managing director or board member. He has held more than 20 positions in supervisory and advisory boards, of which ten as chairman. He has contributed as expert and project leader to several technical projects in the process and is currently Managing Director of VK IA GmbH.

Tom Vaughan

Vice-Chair of Supervisory Board

Tom is an experienced board director with vast expertise in the food industry, built on a successful career in marketing at Unilever. Subsequently Tom held leadership roles (Castrol & BP; Affinity Sutton). He currently has a number of non-executive posts – including at Freedom Food – the certification body for the RSPCA’s animal welfare scheme. He is a board member at two UK housing associations and at the National Union of Students.

Jane Ndirangu

Supervisory Board member

Jane is a Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility specialist with experience in ethical certifications, environmental sustainability, responsible production and sourcing. She is currently Finlays’ Safety and Sustainability Manager. Jane brings over a decade of experience in establishing and maintaining management systems that ensure compliance with over ten ethical certification schemes. She holds a BSc in Natural Resources Management.

Merling Preza Ramos

Supervisory Board member

Merling is a Nicaraguan smallholder coffee producer and the CEO of PRODECOOP. She has held executive positions in many coffee initiatives and served in multiple supervisory boards like CAFENICA, CLAC, Fairtrade Foundation, OCIA Internacional and Fairtrade America. Her representation positions have mainly focused on establishing and defending smallholder producer interests and adding value to organisations and institutions, especially in Fairtrade.

Volker Renner

Supervisory Board member

Volker comes with over 20 years of experience in managing, advising, and overseeing financial institutions focusing on financial inclusion, small business and microfinance. He has extensive experience as a board director in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, including many Fairtrade producer countries. Product development, risk oversight, client protection and change management count among his focus areas.

Diane Stevenson

Supervisory Board member

Diane’s 20 years of experience in the food industry includes management roles in Research and Development, Quality Assurance, Marketing and Sustainability. She served as the Chair of the Board of Bonsucro overseeing changes in strategy and corporate management. Currently she is the Director of Sustainability at CSC Sugar responsible for assuring a supply of Fairtrade Certified Sugar from Central America to US based food companies. She holds Masters’ Degrees in Food Science, Business Administration and Divinity.