The Co-operative’s unique sourcing policy goes beyond delivering Fairtrade premiums to suppliers, meaning the food retailer also provides additional investment to communities across the globe to help improve sanitation, productivity, education and training.
Rebecca Forecast, The Co-operative’s International Development Advisor, will be speaking about the work done with coffee producers in Colombia and Guatemala, as well as banana growers in the Dominican Republic.
In Colombia, additional support from The Co-operative is being used by the Aguadas co-operative of coffee producers to improve storage and drying facilities, thus helping to boost productivity. In Guatemala, the Fedecocagua co-operative is being supported to achieve Fairtrade certification, enabling them to expand and access new markets. And, in the Dominican Republic the retailer is working with the Banelino co-operative to fund training and improve the quality of its bananas.
Jan Hicks from the Rochdale Fairtrade Forum will also be speaking about what people in Rochdale can do to help.
The Co-operative continues to lead the way in Fairtrade, and with the support of its customers and members, its pioneering approach has helped make the UK the world’s largest Fairtrade market. As part of its ground-breaking Ethical Plan, the business has pledged that if products can be labelled Fairtrade, they will be, and aims to have achieved 90% of this by the end of 2013.
Time/Date: 29 November 2012 Thursday 7.00pm
Venue/Address: Touchstones Rochdale The Esplanade Rochdale OL16 1AQ
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