ABOUT FAIR & ETHICAL TRADE
WHAT IS FAIRTRADE?
Fairtrade advocates for better working conditions and improved terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries.
It supports the development of farming and working communities to have more control over their futures and to protect the environment in which they live and work by receiving:
Payment of the Fairtrade minimum price
Additional Fairtrade premium for workers to invest in their community
Protection of workers' rights
Protection of children
Preservation of the environment
Coffee can only be Fairtrade certified if it is sourced from a small-scale farmer organisation. This gives rural communities the stability of income which enables them to plan for the future and invest in developing their organisation.
Every time you choose a product carrying the Fairtrade mark, you are making the choice to give a fair go to farmers, workers and their communities in some of the world’s poorest communities.
What is the Fairtrade minimum price?
The Fairtrade minimum price ensures that farmers never receive less than the cost it took to produce their crop in a sustainable manner.
It is a vital safety net that protects them from fluctuations in the market and allows them to have an assured and stable income for their future.
Payment of the minimum price is regularly audited and checked by FLO-Cert.
What is the Fairtrade premium?
The Fairtrade premium is an additional sum of money which goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use as they see fit.
Producers determine what is important to them, such as healthcare or education, improving their business or building vital infrastructure for their community, and allocate funds accordingly.
Read more about Fairtrade at www.fairtrade.com.au