Following the Co-operative Group's Annual General Meeting, at which a members' motion that called for a recommitment to Fairtrade was passed, Euan Venters, Commercial Director at Fairtrade Foundation, says:
"We are delighted that the Co-operative Group has re-confirmed its ambition to lead the way on Fairtrade.
"As well as being the world's leading retailer of Fairtrade wines, the Co-operative has confirmed that it is committed to sourcing 100 per cent of own-label products including tea, coffee, sugar, chocolate, bananas and roses on Fairtrade terms, and ensuring these products are available across its stores. It plans to increase promotion of Fairtrade, to build more direct links with Fairtrade producers, and look at the potential to convert more products to Fairtrade. We welcome all of these commitments.
"The Fairtrade Foundation, and the farmers and workers we represent, are hugely grateful to Co-operative members for their continued support and tireless campaigning over the last 20 years, which has been instrumental in driving awareness and sales of Fairtrade products across the UK. We look forward to working with the Co-operative Group and its members in the months and years ahead, as we work towards our shared vision of a world where more farmers and workers get a fair deal and can build a more sustainable future for themselves, their families and their communities."
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For more information, please contact Nicola Frame, Media & PR Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, on 020 7440 8597/ 07766 504947 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
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 1.5 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.