Fairtrade America Introduces Six Certified Brands

Fairtrade America Introduces Six Certified Brands 

June 17 - 2021

Coffee Geography Magazine

Fairtrade America is the U.S. member organization of Fairtrade International, an independent, third party certification that betters the lives of farmers and workers in developing countries. Today, Fairtrade America announced it has partnered with six Fairtrade certified brands to encourage shoppers to make purchases with people and the planet in mind. Around the world, farmers who grow everyday staples such as coffee, cocoa and bananas, are grappling to adapt to extreme weather and challenging conditions brought about by climate change. These farming families contribute the least to climate change, but often suffer the most. Fairtrade America has joined forces with six Fairtrade certified brands to generate broader awareness of how a simple action, like purchasing a Fairtrade certified product, can be a powerful way to make a difference in the lives of the almost 2 million farmers and workers participating in Fairtrade across the globe, while also combatting troublesome climate issues like decreased harvests due to warmer weather. 

Mary Linnell-Simmons, Fairtrade America's
Mary Linnell-Simmons, Fairtrade America's director of marketing and external relations

"The negative impacts of rising temperatures and sea levels are impacting many crops in alarming ways," shared Mary Linnell-Simmons, Fairtrade America's director of marketing and external relations. "Farmers with low incomes have limited access to educational resources and technology that can help them evolve along with our climate. Our hope with this campaign is to shine a light on the importance of recognizing the issues our farmers face, and to show our support by making purchasing decisions that help them earn a fair wage."

The Fairtrade Mark appears on more than 30,000 products globally and new brands are committing to Fairtrade every day. In an effort to put people and the planet first, Fairtrade America and six ethical brands will host a giveaway on Instagram and Facebook that will celebrate the benefits of Fairtrade certified products, and provide three winners the opportunity to win a Choose Fairtrade: Choose the Planet prize package filled with everyday items that have a reduced impact on our planet and a positive impact on farmers. Each of these Fairtrade certified products are available to purchase on Amazon, easily meeting consumers where they are increasingly shopping for everyday items - online! Several of the brands are also part of the Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly program, which Amazon launched last year to make it easier for customers to discover and shop for sustainable products on the ecommerce platform.

The entries will be accepted through Tuesday, June 15. The three winners will be announced on June 16. In addition to the giveaway, throughout the month of June, Fairtrade America will utilize its owned website, social channels and blog to further educate consumers on the impact of climate change on farmers, and how it can partner as a global community to combat this issue. Content will include farmer stories, commodity spotlights and details on the Fairtrade Climate Academy, a three-year pilot program developed to bring coffee farmers together to share skills and experiences that prepare them for future climate-related challenges.

Fairtrade America upholds the most rigorous standards for ethical certification to ensure a tangible, positive impact on the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and their communities in developing countries. With a quarter of its rigorous standards focused on the environment, Fairtrade takes a holistic approach to collaborating with farmers. This includes minimizing environmental impact by restricting use of harmful chemicals, banning GMO seeds, preserving protected forests, and encouraging organic farming when possible. Fairtrade's unique pricing model puts more money in the hands of farmers and farming communities, giving them the resources they need to implement solutions to environmental challenges, and connects farmers to share best practices in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

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