Fairtrade bananas with stickers of Fairtrade Mark

Fairtrade Foundation receives ‘Superbrand’ status for its strong, authentic brand

The Fairtrade Foundation has been awarded ‘Superbrand’ status for 2022/2023 in recognition of the strength of the ethical movement’s brand and public perception in the UK.

Superbrands, the world’s largest independent arbiter of branding, this week announced the recipients of this status. It is given annually to brands that lead the field in ‘quality, reliability and distinction’.

A ‘Superbrand’ is defined as one that:

  • has ‘established the finest reputation in its field’
  • ‘offers customers significant emotional and/or tangible advantages over its competitors, which customers want and recognise’.

Fairtrade Foundation – the UK arm of the global Fairtrade movement – received the accolade after being selected by business professionals and an independent Expert Council, who evaluated more than 1,500 brands across different sectors. The winners were recognised at a launch event hosted by Superbrands on 26 January 2023.

A powerful benchmark

A pioneer of ethical labelling, Fairtrade remains a leading and trustworthy champion for social and climate justice, even as ethical certification labels proliferate the market.

New consumer research, conducted by Kantar in late 2022, shows that 9 in 10 UK consumers are aware of the FAIRTRADE Mark (higher than all other ethical labels), while 8 in 10 consumers trust it.

Nilufar Verjee, Director of Public Engagement at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: ‘We are delighted to have received 2022/2023 Superbrand status: this is a powerful benchmark of Fairtrade Foundation’s value in the UK and the depth of our public support. After nearly three decades of fighting for trade justice, we’re very proud that our brand continues to go from strength to strength.

‘However, Fairtrade is more than just a label or a brand: we are an international movement with deep roots in advocacy and campaigning, and deep roots in farming communities worldwide. In the UK, we aim to use our platform to amplify the voices of farmers and workers, supporting them to protect their rights, land, health and future livelihoods. So this accolade from Superbrands is truly a testament to the communities behind our Fairtrade products, from cocoa to cotton, and to the UK shoppers committed to buying them.

‘The award is equally a tribute to our grassroots campaigners in the UK. There is a vibrant community of passionate Fairtrade supporters within schools, universities, workplaces, towns, cities and places of worship nationwide, who are at heart of the Fairtrade movement. The same goes for the hundreds of businesses who continue to choose us as their sustainability partner and display our FAIRTRADE Mark proudly on their much-loved products.’

understanding Fairtrade’s value

Voters in the Superbrands awards judged contenders against three factors:

  • Quality: does the brand provide quality products and services?
  • Reliability: can the brand be trusted to deliver consistently?
  • Distinction: is it well known in its sector and suitably different from its rivals?

Nilufar Verjee added: ‘As Fairtrade Fortnight approaches, we hope our Superbrand status will help businesses and retailers in the UK to further understand the value, reach and authenticity of the Fairtrade brand and movement, and encourage them to join us in working towards more sustainable and fair supply chains worldwide.

From the thousands of brands initially identified for Superbrand status, those shortlisted were scored by two groups of voters:

  • 2,500 UK business professionals all with purchasing or managerial responsibility within their organisations
  • An independent and voluntary Expert Council made up of nearly 30 senior business-to-business marketing leaders.

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Notes to Editors

About Superbrands

Superbrands UK operates in 90 countries around the world, having been established for 28 years. Brands do not apply or pay to be receive Superbrand status. Participation is by invitation only. Each year all key players within each sector are evaluated, to identify the most highly regarded. A total of 1,580 brands across 71 categories were shortlisted for the 2022/2023 accolade.

About the Fairtrade Foundation

Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions, and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in low-income countries. Fairtrade Foundation is part of Fairtrade International, an independent non-profit organisation representing 1.9 million small-scale farmers and workers worldwide.

The FAIRTRADE Mark is a registered trademark of Fairtrade that appears on more than 37,000 products.

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