Fairtrade Sourcing Programs
New ways to source Fairtrade cotton, cocoa and sugar.
Fairtrade Sourcing Programs for cotton, cocoa and sugar were introduced by Fairtrade International in January 2014 to boost the volumes of cotton, cocoa and sugar that Fairtrade certified farmers are able to sell on Fairtrade terms so that greater impact can be delivered for small-scale farmers in the developing world, who rely on Fairtrade to earn a fair price and work towards a more sustainable future.
Over the years, with the support of businesses, we have made really significant headway in making trade fairer for farmers and workers in the developing world. But currently just 1.2% of global cocoa sales and less than 1% of global sugar sales are Fairtrade and we’re excited about the potential impact of this innovation.
Fairtrade Sourcing Programs are additional way for businesses to source Fairtrade, and runs in parallel to the existing FAIRTRADE Mark. Under the new scheme, business can source Fairtrade cocoa and sugar as raw commodities, and communicate their commitments through the Fairtrade Sourcing Programs.
Fairtrade Sourcing Programs were launched in some international markets – including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland and Japan – and have been well received. As a result, global volumes of producers’ sales of Fairtrade cocoa are set to increase by over 20% in 2014, leading to an extra $1.8m in Fairtrade Premium for cocoa farmers.
We are delighted to say that we are now looking to work with UK businesses in key product categories with the explicit focus on securing new and additional commitments for sugar and cocoa farmers, alongside the fantastic range of products certified by the familiar FAIRTRADE Mark.