Fairtrade is a global movement that believes in human rights and the protection of the environment for our future generations. These values were distilled into a certification system that now works with over 1,5 million farmers and workers globally who grow the products we use every day, e.g. coffee, tea, fruit, cocoa, and sugar.
Today Fairtrade is the world's most trusted ethical certification system. There are thousands of Fairtrade certified companies in the world (producers, manufacturers and traders) that make a difference every day through Fairtrade trading.
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The graphic symbol inside the FAIRTRADE Mark shows a person with a raised arm representing the optimism of producers. The blue sky of potential is connected to the green of growth.
The FAIRTRADE Mark can be found on a wide range of products, including food and drinks, cotton and flowers, and jewellery. When a product carries the mark it means that all the ingredients that can be sourced as Fairtrade are Fairtrade.
Globally, there are thousands of products that carry the FAIRTRADE Mark. Fairtrade Standards exist for food products ranging from tea and coffee to fresh fruits and nuts. There are also standards for non-food products such as flowers and plants, sports balls and seed cotton.
In South Africa, we produce and mainly export fresh fruits and vegetables, and on the local market consumers can purchase Fairtrade tea, coffee, wine, juice and chocolate, among other food products.