Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between some of the most disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world and the people who buy their products.
When farmers and workers can sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal: an opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers us a powerful way to reduce poverty through our everyday shopping.
Fairtrade works with farming co-operatives, businesses and governments to make trade fair.
For farmers and workers, Fairtrade means workers’ rights, safer working conditions and fairer pay.
For shoppers it means high quality, ethically produced products.
The majority of Fairtrade products, including all Fairtrade coffee, bananas and flowers, are fully traceable – meaning they are kept separate from non-Fairtrade products from the field to the Fairtrade labelled product on store shelf
Working with 1.9 million farmers and workers, as well as a global grassroots supporter base of more than 2000 Fair Trade Towns in 28 countries, and countless schools, universities and faith groups.
Fairtrade was established specifically to support the most disadvantaged producers in developing countries by using trade as a tool for sustainable development.
This covers large parts of the globe including Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania.
Your local town may even be a Fair trade town.
Products bearing the Fairtrade mark meet the internationally agreed social, environmental and economic Fairtrade Standards.
The FAIRTRADE Marks are registered certification marks and trademarks owned and licensed by Fairtrade International.
The Fairtrade logo with an arrow on the side is used on products with multiple ingredients, such as chocolate bars, cereal and Hurst Kombucha.
Over 90% of Hurst ingridients are Fairtrade - the tea & sugar.
Our water and ingrients are sourced from Ireland and UK.
Tea is the most popular drink in the world after water – an estimated 70,000 cups are drunk every second.
Both small farmers and tea plantations need to comply with strict Fairtrade Standards for hired labour only then can they become Fairtrade certified.
Fairtrade Standards for tea include an origin-specific Fairtrade Minimum Price, which acts as a safety net against the unpredictable market
Over 390,400 farmers and workers across 12 countries are involved in Fairtrade tea production.
However, Fairtrade certified organisations sell only around 7 percent of their tea on Fairtrade terms – this means they don’t benefit from being certified to the extent that they could.
When shoppers choose Fairtrade tea products like Hurst, tea producers sell more of their product on Fairtrade terms, and can work towards a more sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families.
Around 80 per cent of the world’s sugar is derived from sugar cane, grown by millions of small-scale farmers and workers.
Fairtrade certification in sugar cane focuses on small-scale producers and there are 77 producer organisations representing more than 36,700 sugar cane farmers in 18 countries participating in Fairtrade.
When shoppers choose Fairtrade Sugar products Sugar producers sell more of their product on Fairtrade terms, and can work towards a more sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families.
Climate change and the crisis in nature are closely linked.
Fairtrade helps safeguard the natural world by promoting sustainable food production, for example by prohibiting highly dangerous pesticides or cutting down trees in protected areas.
One of the way Fairtrade is helping flight climate change, is by enable farming communities in developing countries to benefit from access to carbon finance.
Farmers get a double benefit from Fairtrade Carbon Credits because they get a minimum price to cover the costs of setting up and running a project, and in addition they can use the Fairtrade Premium on every credit sold to invest in adaption and mitigation.