Fairtrade honoured to win Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development 2016

Elizabeth Chepkwony harvesting coffee

The Fairtrade Foundation is honoured to announce today, on Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, that it is the recipient of one of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development 2016.

The award recognises Fairtrade’s work empowering small-scale farmers and workers in developing countries to drive their own sustainable development within a world trade system that is often stacked against small producer communities.

Since the organisation was established in 1992, Fairtrade has expanded dramatically as consumers and companies got behind Fairtrade, driving the organisation forward with the support of over 10,000 local campaigning groups, including Fairtrade towns, schools and faith groups. Fairtrade now works with 400 companies, both large and small, with each sale contributing to improving the lives of the farmers and workers who produce many of the foods we consume every day.

Michael Gidney, CEO Fairtrade Foundation, said:

“We are honoured and delighted to have gained this prestigious award from Her Majesty for a second time in Fairtrade’s 20 year history.  

“This award is a boost for all of the businesses and campaigners who support Fairtrade, but it is also welcome recognition for the incredible efforts of producers around the world who work tirelessly to innovate and improve their products, and who have used Fairtrade as a means of building stronger businesses and communities."

Awareness of the Fairtrade Mark remains high, and is trusted by 83% of consumers who have seen it. And innovation has driven Fairtrade’s success; with producer groups taking a wide range of initiatives ranging from environmental, such as cocoa farmers in West Africa using cocoa husks to power small machinery to social, with a project empowering women coffee farmers to run their own businesses and access niche markets in East Africa. Going forward, Fairtrade intends to run more projects to redress the gender gap but women now make up 25% of all farmers and workers involved in Fairtrade.

Following this announcement on 21 April 2016, The Fairtrade Foundation will formally receive the Award at The Queen's Reception at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 14 July 2016.



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.

The Fairtrade Foundation previously received a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development 2010-2014.