Fairtrade

All of the Society’s Food stores stock a range of Fairtrade products from Fairtrade bananas to Fairtrade chocolate.

Fairtrade means that producers are promised a stable price and develops long term trading relationships with producers in developing countries which offers them a better deal.

Through these long term relationships, stable prices and the Fairtrade premium they receive for their products they are able to invest in projects within their communities for example educational equipment, medical equipment and water supplies.

The Co-operative Movement has been a supporter of Fairtrade since 1992. Since then the range of Fairtrade products has continued to grow with all the Co-operative own brand hot beverage range now being Fairtrade.

People are probably most aware of the Fairtrade campaign through the food that they purchase in the supermarkets each week. However, there is much more to Fairtrade than just bananas and other groceries. Chelmsford Star is a proud supporter of Fair Trader, which is a community co-operative run entirely by volunteers to give small developing world fairtrade suppliers a chance of selling their products in the west. Fair Trader is based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. To visit the Fair Trader website click here

If you are interested in liking the Chelmsford City Fairtrade Campaign on Facebook, please CLICK HERE.

For more information on Fairtrade download the Co-operative Group's Fairtrade Resource pack below.

Ask a producer

Does Fairtrade really make a difference to the lives of farmers, workers and their families? Find out here.

 

Fairtrade in 2020/21...

Fairtrade Fortnight is a chance to celebrate the people behind the fantastic products that we love – and Co-op has championed Fairtrade for more than 25 years. In fact, we’re the UK’s largest convenience seller of Fairtrade products, and the largest seller of Fairtrade wine in the world

Based on the principles of fairness and equality, Fairtrade stands for a better way of doing business for farmers and producers. These same values are at the heart of what we do at Co-op; that’s why we’re proud to have been a pioneering supporter of Fairtrade for so long. Fairtrade ensures sustainable livelihoods for producers — guaranteeing a Fairtrade Minimum Price for their goods, as well as an extra sum of money called a Fairtrade Premium to invest in social or environmental community projects. Fairtrade also supports producers in adapting to climate change, while its rigorous farming standards help protect the environment, managing pests, improving soil quality and reducing gas emissions.

As a co-op, we’re committed to helping the people who provide our products. In 2020, we supported the global Fairtrade community through the devastating effects of Covid-19, by providing funding to promote economic recovery and resilience initiatives. We are continually inspired by the voices and stories of our Fairtrade producers — read on for three such stories…

Fairtrade Fortnight is a chance to celebrate the people behind the fantastic products that we love – and Co-op has championed Fairtrade for more than 25 years. In fact, we’re the UK’s largest convenience seller of Fairtrade products, and the largest seller of Fairtrade wine in the world

Based on the principles of fairness and equality, Fairtrade stands for a better way of doing business for farmers and producers. These same values are at the heart of what we do at Co-op; that’s why we’re proud to have been a pioneering supporter of Fairtrade for so long. Fairtrade ensures sustainable livelihoods for producers — guaranteeing a Fairtrade Minimum Price for their goods, as well as an extra sum of money called a Fairtrade Premium to invest in social or environmental community projects. Fairtrade also supports producers in adapting to climate change, while its rigorous farming standards help protect the environment, managing pests, improving soil quality and reducing gas emissions.

As a co-op, we’re committed to helping the people who provide our products. In 2020, we supported the global Fairtrade community through the devastating effects of Covid-19, by providing funding to promote economic recovery and resilience initiatives. We are continually inspired by the voices and stories of our Fairtrade producers — read on for three such stories…

MARIKE DE PEÑA, BANANAS

Marike has worked with banana producers in the Dominican Republic for almost 25 years. Banana production is a full-time job, with each plant requiring weekly attention. ‘Fairtrade prices cover the costs of production, which enables farmers to take good care of natural resources,’ she says. Banana production in the Dominican Republic is located on the coast, with limited wildlife, but it’s still important to increase biodiversity and look after natural resources. ‘That’s why we protect the earth by planting cover crops and trees at the borders of the farms,’ Marike explains. ‘Through these practices, we have improved the soil and increased the presence of bees and native birds.’

DIAKITE SALIMATA, COCOA

For female cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast, social norms and cultural barriers often prevent their voices being heard. Breaking down these barriers is the idea behind the Women’s School of Leadership programme, which Co-op has committed to funding since 2017, with other partners. The initiative provides a year of training and mentorship for female cocoa farmers, on topics including gender equality, financial management and income diversification. ‘The two most important things I’ve learned are self-confidence and budget management,’ says Diakite (top, centre), a member of one Fairtrade cocoa co-operative. ‘But everything else is important, too. I apply these learnings to everything I do.’

HUGO JAVIER GUERRERO, COFFEE

Hugo (above, left) is part of a coffee farming family in Peru. Along with many other key coffee producing countries, Peru is facing a climate emergency. ‘Many farmers are having problems with pests and crop diseases,’ Hugo says. ‘On lower lands, many are changing their crop from coffee to sugar cane.’ But Fairtrade is helping farmers, with agricultural training and targeted interventions. The safety net Fairtrade provides, in terms of a stable income, a fairer price for their crops and being part of a co-operative, means there is hope for farmers like Hugo. ‘I think it will always be possible to grow coffee,’ he says, ‘as long as we are conscientious in how we do things.’