Fairtrade announces Cocoa Standard update expanding requirements on human rights and deforestation

In an effort to deepen its impact for farmers and strengthen sustainable supply chains around the world, Fairtrade has updated its Cocoa Standard with a reinforced focus on human rights, the fight against deforestation, traceability, and living incomes, the social justice organization today confirmed. The update, which was approved by the Fairtrade Standards Committee and is the result of a rigorous consultation process, combines specific sustainability priorities with progress on living incomes and support for producers. In addition, it aims to strike a balance between robust mandates, regional priorities, and…

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Fairtrade producers plant more than 300,000 trees, highlighting urgent need for climate action

Fairtrade producers across Latin America and the Caribbean have planted more than 300,000 trees in a six-month tree-planting drive, with more than 100 Fairtrade organizations across 20 countries getting involved. The “Plant for the Future” Tree Challenge was launched in May by Fairtrade’s producer network for Latin America and the Caribbean, CLAC. The aim is to plant as many native trees as possible in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), being held in Egypt this November. “Trees are the symbol of life, the symbol of a…

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New Study Confirms Greater Resilience of Fairtrade Farmers in Times of Crisis

A new report published today by Fairtrade International has confirmed that access to better prices, credit, and financial stability significantly increased the resilience of Fairtrade certified organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling them to better withstand the global crisis and reduce its impact on their farmer members and workers. The study, titled Fairtrade certification and producer resilience in times of crises and conducted by Scio Network and Athena Infonomics, examined the experiences of Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade coffee, banana and flower producers in Indonesia, Peru, and Kenya, finding that households belonging…

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Fairtrade, ECOOKIM and Mars launch groundbreaking new livelihoods improvement program in Abidjan, supporting 5,000 ECOOKIM cocoa farmers on a path to a living income by 2030

Mars, Incorporated, ECOOKIM and Fairtrade launched a groundbreaking new cocoa farmer livelihoods improvement program — Livelihoods Ecosystem Advancement Program (LEAP) – in what they believe could be one of the industry’s most comprehensive efforts to date designed to address persistent barriers to cocoa farmers’ ability to achieve a living income. The program was co-created by ECOOKIM farmer members, Mars and Fairtrade and aims to support 5,000 smallholder farmers in Côte d’Ivoire on a path to a living income by 2030.  The findings from the initiative will be used to create a…

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Farmers and workers harvested more benefits in 2021 despite COVID-19 pandemic, says new Fairtrade report

Farmers and workers experienced a boost in Fairtrade Premium earnings thanks to a recovery in Fairtrade product sales throughout 2021 as global commercial activity rallied from the COVID-19 pandemic slump, Fairtrade International’s latest annual report has revealed. According to the report, released today and titled Building resilience in a changing world, Fairtrade certified producers registered a four percent uptick in Fairtrade Premium earnings over 2020 levels for the top seven Fairtrade commodities, reaching €190 million. Sales data for 2021 were encouraging, especially for some products. Cocoa and flower growers experienced…

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