If you feel that the world of Fair Trade has its very own language – do not worry! With this glossary we would like to guide you through the specific technical terms used by FLOCERT, Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Master operator is a term used in the context of Trader Corporate Certification which allows companies with different legal entities to become certified as one unit (see glossary term Trader Corporate Certification). Master operator describes the entity where the main contact person for FLOCERT is located and the “documentary audit” takes place. This entity also acts as the certificate holder for its so-called “associates”. The term Master operators if furthermore used for certified companies who are using other (non-certified) companies as subcontractors (additional entities).