Fairtrade Workplaces: Simple Changes... Lasting Impact
What Fairtrade does
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, sustainability, and fairer terms of trade for farmers and workers. By requiring companies to pay fair and sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which often discriminates against the poorest, most marginalised producers.
How it connects to Kenner Electrics
A simple and delicious switch in our office's kitchen is making a big impact on farmers, communities and our planet. And that means our morning cup of coffee or tea is changing lives for the better!
We have switched to Fairtrade certified tea and coffee products in our kitchen because supporting an environmentally responsible and socially just world is important to our business. As is being fair for all and environmentally responsible so now, we’re making it known in the kitchen, too.
By sourcing Fairtrade certified products, we know that our kitchen supplies have met rigorous environmental and social standards that align with our company’s values.
Who we are helping
Guzman Nunez Torres, a coffee farmer from the Unicafec cooperative in Peru, told us about the transformational impact of Fairtrade certification.
“There’s a visible change in front of your eyes,” he said.
“Before, we used to work as if we were a ship in the sea with the engine turned off, adrift. You go wherever the sea or the wind takes you. We worked adrift because we didn’t have support or the organisation provided by Fairtrade. It has helped a lot. Because of the training, the processes but also because of the prices. Everybody knows this is the difference and we see it now more than ever, the importance of organising the cooperative and the benefits of Fairtrade.”
By selling coffee beans on Fairtrade terms, Guzman has been able to provide his children with an education, expand his coffee plots, improve his business practices and invest in the future.
What can you do?
Join us in making the switch to Fairtrade! Make the switch to Fairtrade coffee, tea or hot chocolate at work or at home to showcase that you are taking specific action for an environmentally responsible and socially just world.
Businesses can sign up to become a Fairtrade supporting business here.