Why Should We Buy Fairtrade Certified Products?

April 6, 2017

Next time you do your #shopping, look closely for the #certifications the product has (or doesn't have). In previous blogs I've already spoken about #FSC and #RSPO certifications, that are important to prove that a #product was made in a #socially and #environmentally #responsible way. Today, I want to talk about 'Fairtrade' certification.

 

Small-scale #Farmers and workers don't usually benefit from the success of their products.  Meagre salaries stagnate a working society and perpetuate #poverty through generations.  #Children are needed on the farm, and they have no choice but to leave school at a very early stage, preventing them from having other prospects later in life. They are exploited, and at the bottom of the supply chain, they should be better protected by us as consumers.

 

When we buy products with the Fairtrade certification, we are supporting farmers and workers as they work to improve their lives and #communities. The certification means that the Fairtrade #ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farming #organisations or #plantations that meet Fairtrade #social, #economic and #environmental standards.

 

For certain #products, such as #coffee, #cocoa, #cotton and #rice, Fairtrade only certifies small-scale farming organisations. For some products such as #bananas, #tea and #flowers, Fairtrade also certify plantations - companies that employ large numbers of workers on #estates. The #standards for such large-scale production units protect workers basic rights; from keeping them safe and #healthy, allowing them freedom of association and collective bargaining, to preventing discrimination and ensuring no bonded or illegal child labour. They also require #employers to #pay #wages that progress towards living wage benchmarks.

 

Ensuring #decent #working conditions and strong #employee #rights is central to Fairtrade’s #ethics; and we should make it central to our shopping list as well.

 

For more information about this certification and updated data, go to: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk

 

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