IDH and the Fairtrade Foundation aim to catalyse system change in the UK market by encouraging commercial organisations to commit to sustainable supply chains and living wages and incomes for farmers and workers.
In November 2021 Fairtrade International, Fairtrade Netherlands and IDH signed a global partnership to accelerate work towards enabling living wages and incomes in food supply chains.
Since then, both organisations have been working together to close living wage and income gaps in an inclusive and sustainable way by:
- Leveraging each other’s knowledge and networks
- Exchanging experiences
- Supporting producers and buyers with tools, data, methods, and examples.
A strategic relationship
IDH and Fairtrade are excited to take this strategic relationship further through a new partnership agreement between IDH in the UK and the Fairtrade Foundation. The partnership commits to realising the ambitions of the global partnership by developing specific workstreams relevant to the UK context.
We want to see commercial organisations:
- Committing to sustainable supply chains
- Realising living incomes and wages for farmers and workers in global supply chains that provide goods to the UK market.
Currently, IDH and the Fairtrade Foundation are collaborating in bananas and flowers, and are exploring opportunities in cocoa. The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
‘Achieving living wages and living income in global supply chains requires a collaborative effort to realise sustained change,’ said Claire Hancock, Fairtrade Foundation Senior Technical Lead – Living Wages and Living Income.
‘IDH brings expertise in convening different actors from across the supply chain while the Fairtrade Foundation brings our strong connection to producer networks into the dialogue.’
Within the UK partnership, Fairtrade Foundation and IDH will continue to work together to identify priority actions in the UK context to drive action towards fair economic conditions.
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