I think that this cost should be kept to an absolute minimum. Suggestions so far:
- $100 registration fee to ensure that only people who are reasonably serious sign up
- No ongoing fee
Why: the comment has been made on The Chocolate Life that Fair Trade etc isn't always fair for the people up the chain. Very low fees and simple compliance mean that it is easy for an organisation to use and benefit from the label without the system inflating their operating costs. Yet they get the marketing benefits from the label. It would be difficult to complain about it.