The members of the Fair Rubber Association pay 0.50 € per kilogram of kilogram of Dry Rubber Content (DRC) to the Fair Rubber Association. This Fair Trade premium is passed on by the Fair Rubber
Association to separate accounts to those supplier partners, from whom the Fairly traded rubber was sourced. The following are the main criteria for the use of the premiums:
The Fair Trade premium may only be used for the improvement of the living and working conditions of the primary producers of natural rubber.
In the case of plantation partners, they must have a joint body which consists of elected
representatives of workers and delegates from the management. This body exclusively decides what the Fair Trade Premiums are to be spent on. In the case of small farmer associations, it is
usually the board which decides about the use of the Fair Trade premiums.
All plantations and small farmer associations within the Fair Rubber Association must be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. FSC ensures compliance with
responsible forest standards as well as with basic working conditions. Under specific instances, other environmental certifications may be acceptable.
The criteria for Fairly traded natural rubber are closely aligned to the criteria of the Fairtrade Labelling Organization (FLO) International for tea. This makes a lot of sense as in India and
Sri Lanka in particular, from where most of the Fairly traded natural rubber is sourced, tea and rubber plantations often belong to the same owners, the workers are organized by the same trade
Fairly traded rubber has only a tiny market share. Since 2012 only a little more than 300 tonnes of Dry Rubber Content have been traded according to the criteria of the Fair Rubber Association.