Fairtrade, synonymous with ethical and optimum working conditions, supports millions of farmers and workers in over 70 countries around the world. Products and produce grown and developed in an ethical way and adhering to fair trade principles established by the organisation are provided with the Fairtrade mark. The mark establishes that the products and produce were made by "small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet internationally agreed Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards". Fairtrade standards include "protection of workers’ rights and the protection of children, the preservation of the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in initiatives to support local communities or business development".
Fairtrade is a large supporter of environmental protection and has over 3000 certified products in Australia and New Zealand. The majority of produce sold with Fairtrade includes chocolate, coffee, tea, bananas, and cotton. These products can be found in a multitude of supermarkets, independent stores, cafes, online, wholesales and even private caterers. It is estimated that approximately 50 per cent of Australians and 75 per cent of New Zealanders recognize the Fairtrade mark.
The Fairtrade organization assists many communities by providing a stable income and helps develop health facilities and access to education. Fairtrade also helps people to adapt to climate change.
The major partners of Fairtrade in this region are The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), The Interchurch Cooperative for Development Cooperation (ICCO), International Horizons, Allens, and Biodiversity and Agricultural Commodities Program (BACP). It is also supported by Green Building Council of Australia.
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