Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand Ltd

Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand Ltd
Fairtrade advocates for better working conditions and improved terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries. It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities to have more control over their futures, and protecting the environment in which they live and work. And it’s your opportunity to connect with the people who grow the produce that we all depend on. The Fairtrade MarkWhen consumers purchase products with the Fairtrade Mark, they are supporting farmers and workers as they work to improve their livelihoods and provide better support to their communities. The Fairtrade Mark shows you that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet internationally agreed Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards.
Molly Harriss Olson, Chief Executive Officer
NFP/ Social Enterprise
Consumer Products

Fairtrade benefits small-scale farmers and workers by facilitating links to international markets through the development of supply chains. Small-scale farmers and workers are amongst the most marginalized groups globally and through Fairtrade they can lift themselves out of poverty to maintain their successful livelihoods. Some products, such as coffee, cocoa, and cotton, can only be certified by Fairtrade if they come from small-scale farmer organizations. By working through democratic organizations of small-scale farmers, Fairtrade offers rural communities the stability of income which enables them to plan for the future and invest in developing their organisation. For some products such as bananas, and tea, Fairtrade can certify plantations (companies that employ large numbers of workers on large areas of land called estates). Standards for large-scale production differ from those for small-scale farmer organisations by focusing on the protection of workers’ basic rights; keeping them safe and healthy, allowing them freedom of association and collective bargaining, preventing discrimination and ensuring no bonded or illegal child labour is present. Fairtrade Standards also require employers to pay wages that progress towards living wage benchmarks. Advocating for fair working conditions and worker rights is integral to Fairtrade’s mission. Fairtrade supports farmers and workers in gaining more from trade and through this they are empowered to control their lives. It is an alternative approach that is based on partnership; one between those who grow our food and those that consume it.


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