Fairtrade standards are not simply a set of minimum standards for socially responsible production and trade. The Fairtrade standards go further in seeking to support the development of disadvantaged small-scale farmers and plantation workers. Fairtrade standards relate to three areas of sustainable development: social development, economic development and environmental development.
The key objectives of the standards are to:
• ensure a guaranteed minimum price which is agreed with producers
• provide additional funds which can be invested in projects that enhance social, economic and environmental development
• enable financing for producers who need it
• emphasise the idea of partnership between trade partners
• facilitate long-term trading relationships
• set clear minimum criteria to ensure the conditions for the production and trade of coffee are socially and economically fair and environmentally responsible.
Making sure you buy Fairtrade certified products wherever you can really does make a difference, so thank you. If you feel like you want to do more, why not have a look at what else you can do to help.