Fairtrade is a certification program with an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When farmers can sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping.
When a product carries the FAIRTRADE Mark it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standards.
Fairtrade Standards are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade. Products have a set Fairtrade Minimum Price, which is the minimum that must be paid to the producers. In addition, producers get an additional sum, the Fairtrade Premium, to invest in their communities or businesses.
Our supplier’s cocoa and chocolate products are Fairtrade certified with a premium. They go above and beyond to support the communities and businesses they source cocoa from. However, because we are a small business, we have not yet received our Fairtrade certification and thus, are not legally allowed to claim we are Fairtrade. That is why we state we are ethically sourced (it doesn’t change where the chocolate comes from or the fact that it is Fairtrade). We are working toward affording the Fairtrade certification ourselves.