Fairtrade is an ethical certification whose main aim is to promote more equality and sustainability in the farming sector. A product that carries the Fairtrade Certification Mark has met the rigorous Fairtrade Standards, which focus on improving labour and living conditions for farming communities and on promoting a way of farming that doesn’t harm either people or the environment.
The South African Fairtrade Sugar Project launched in 2014 and we can expect to see the first crop of cane sugar obtaining Fairtrade certification in late 2015 and, in addition, the first local company utilising locally produced Fairtrade certified sugar.
In November, the Col’Cacchio pizzeria annual Celebrity Chef Series will feature Ivor Jones, head chef at South Africa’s top restaurant, The Test Kitchen, when he will create a signature pizza in aid of charity, paired with Fairtrade wine brand Place in the Sun.
In the past years, many local producers, traders, journalists and consumers have asked us to explain the difference between the two certification schemes. We are finally ready to publish a presentation explaining our unique missions and structural differences.
Fairtrade has released a report that invites both public and private sectors, together with civil society and citizens, to work with us on helping bring the Sustainable Development Goals to life.
Businesses looking for innovative ways to take positive climate action by reducing their carbon footprint and compensating their emissions will soon have a new weapon in their fight against climate change, with the publication of the Fairtrade Climate Standard.
The Fairtrade Cotton Program unlocks exciting new opportunities for cotton farmers to improve their lives through Fairtrade. It connects farmers with the growing number of businesses seeking to make sustainable cotton a core part of their business.
Now in its 19th year, the Michelangelo is the only wine competition in South Africa with an exclusive international panel of accredited wine judges, wine makers, wine masters, journalists and sommeliers.
Harriet Lamb, the CEO of Fairtrade International who has held senior positions in Fairtrade for 16 years, has announced she is leaving to take up the role of CEO at International Alert, Europe’s largest peacebuilding organisation.
The Fairtrade International report for 2014-15 - “Global Change, Local Leadership” - highlights the benefits enjoyed by 1.5 million Fairtrade producers in 74 countries. The report points to the introduction of new ways of sourcing Fairtrade gold and increased sales of established products such as cotton and cocoa…