Fairtrade responds to Grocery Code Adjudicator decision

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The Fairtrade Foundation responds to the Grocery Code Adjudicator's first independent investigation into supermarkets and their suppliers.

The Fairtrade Foundation responds to the Grocery Code Adjudicator's first independent investigation into supermarkets and their suppliers.

Michael Gidney, Chief Executive, The Fairtrade Foundation, said;

“The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the findings of the Adjudicator’s investigation into Tesco’s treatment of suppliers. It is clear evidence of the importance of having a supermarket watchdog who is able not just to adjudicate complaints, but also undertake its own proactive investigations to address systemic concerns of fair play in supply chains.

"With better levels of scrutiny and transparency in the grocery market, we hope that these kind of practices, such as unfair or excessively delayed payments of suppliers, will increasingly be consigned to the past. From the farmer in the field, to the shopper in the street or the investor in the board room, a grocery sector built around fairness and sustainability is in all our interests.”

Justin Avern
Head of Media Relations
020 7440 7686/ 07770 957 451 

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.

Awareness of the FAIRTRADE Mark continues to be high in 2014, at a level of 78%. Estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in 2013 exceeded £1.7 billion.