Queen awards Fairtrade’s enterprise in development

Cotton farmers

Today, 14 July 2016, the Fairtrade Foundation will be presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development 2016 by Her Majesty The Queen at a reception in Buckingham Palace.

The Fairtrade Foundation is being recognised for its work supporting more than 1.65 million farmers and workers to get a fairer deal from trade and helping communities in 74 countries to improve their economic, social and environmental development.

Michael Gidney, CEO Fairtrade Foundation, said: “This award is for the millions of farmers and workers who are among the world’s most entrepreneurial people, who work hard to grow their businesses and lead their own development, to end the cycle of poverty and to protect their environment for future generations.

“It is a privilege to accept this prestigious Queen’s award for the second time in Fairtrade’s history on behalf of those farming communities and also communities in the UK who show they care every time they choose Fairtrade groceries and other goods, from coffee, tea, cocoa and bananas to flowers and cotton.”

Fairtrade now works with 400 companies, from all the major supermarkets to local independents, workplaces and cafes. Consumers can choose from more than 5,000 products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark and each sale contributes to improving the lives of the people who produce some of our favourite groceries such as coffee, tea, cocoa, bananas and sugar. Awareness of the Fairtrade Mark remains high, and is trusted by 83% of consumers who have seen it.

Currently more than 10,500 local campaigning groups, including more than 600 Fairtrade towns, cities and counties, 1,900 schools, universities and colleges and 8,220 churches and faith groups in the UK champion the rights of farmers and workers globally.

The organisation is being recognised by the Queen for the difference Fairtrade makes to peoples’ lives through the Fairtrade Minimum Price, which offers a safety net to cover farmers’ costs of sustainable production, and the extra Premium, for business or community investments.

Empowering farmers and workers is at the heart of Fairtrade’s work, the system promotes transparent, democratic, non-discriminatory values, enabling farmers and workers to invest the Fairtrade Premium in whatever is most important for their businesses and society. Last year’s sales of Fairtrade products resulted in £29.8 million in Premium payment going directly back to producers, in addition to the prices they receive for their goods.

Fairtrade’s robust standards of certification require farmers to follow strict criteria to protect their environment and Premium is often invested in agricultural training and equipment to improve farming practices, grow organic and increase their resilience to climate change.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

For further information, images and spokespeople contact Susannah Henty, Media and PR Manager, 020 7440 8597, Susannah.henty@fairtrade.org.uk

This is the second time in its 20 year history the Fairtrade Foundation has won the Queen’s Award. It previously held this prestigious award for 5 years from 2010-2014.

About The Fairtrade Foundation

The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Today, more than 1.65 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 74 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.

Over 5,000 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK including coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, apples, pears, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, mandarins, lychees, dried fruit, juices, smoothies, biscuits, cakes & snacks, honey, jams & preserves, chutney, rice, quinoa, herbs & spices, seeds, nuts, wines, ales, rum, confectionery, muesli, cereal bars, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homeware, cotton wool, olive oil, gold, silver and platinum.

Awareness of the FAIRTRADE Mark continues to be high in 2014, at a level of 78%. Estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in 2015 exceeded £1.6 billion.