Fairtrade adds new certification requirement for cocoa and coffee to boost farmer incomes

In a move to deepen benefits for farmers, Fairtrade International has announced a new requirement for cooperatives and traders applying for cocoa or coffee certification. The requirement, which takes effect 1 June 2020, obligates cooperative and trader applicants to have commitments in place for new Fairtrade sales volumes in order to be eligible for certification. The commitments must be confirmed by the end buyer, whose products bear the FAIRTRADE Mark, and validated by the respective national Fairtrade organization. It will also be possible for new producer organizations to become certified,…

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Fairtrade draws attention to the gender pay gap in chocolate

Fairtrade’s campaign is shining a light on the exploitation experienced by women farmers. It calls on companies to pay living incomes to cocoa farmers by 2030 to meet the UN’s Global Goals to end poverty. New Fairtrade research reveals a large group of women are being left behind by the chocolate industry  Data shows women could be struggling on just 23p a day, well below the extreme poverty line of £1.40  After a hard day’s work these women still have to do most of the domestic chores – combining this with the…

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International guide to labels praises Fairtrade standards, advocacy and awareness-raising

The International Guide to Fair Trade Labels, published by Commerce Équitable France, the Fair World Project, FairNESS, and Forum Fairer Handel, analyses and rates both non-profit and corporate labels, as well as current trends in ethical labelling and the fair trade movement. The report’s authors conclude: “Fairtrade International is the oldest and globally best known fair trade label… Despite the development of new labels, it remains the primary actor in the sector acting as the main point of reference… an ever-evolving label that reinvents itself to address contemporary challenges.” Fairtrade…

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Fairtrade welcomes the launch of its first coffee from Java, exclusively in Waitrose & Partners

For the first time UK coffee drinkers will be able to enjoy Fairtrade coffee from the Indonesian island of Java, an origin that is ubiquitous with quality, as it launches exclusively in Waitrose & Partners from October 10th. The launch comes following an exciting sustainability project to establish a Fairtrade coffee co-operative in Java, thanks to a partnership with Waitrose & Partners, the Fairtrade Foundation and the Network of Asia and Pacific Producers (NAPP). Over the past three years the organisations have supported a community in the Kayumas to produce high…

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Join Fairtrades ethical advent with prizes to win each day

A year’s supply of chocolate, delightful Fairtrade Gold jewellery, thirty-six bottles of wine, or is it vegan peanut butter you’re after this Christmas? If you’re looking for an unusual and ethical way to count down to Christmas – then look no further! Want to celebrate without breaking the bank – sorted! Excited to learn more about where your gifts are coming from – no problem! This advent the Fairtrade Foundation has 24 very special doors for you to open in the run up to Christmas. From the 1st – 24th…

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