Annual Fairtrade Fortnight, 21 February to 6 March 2022.
The annual Fairtrade Fortnight, from 21 February to 6 March 2022, sees individuals, companies and groups come together to share their global Fairtrade stories; from miners to growers, workers to makers.
What is the Fairtrade certification mark?
Fairtrade certification is one of the most recognised ethical marks for consumers and aims to change the way trade works through better pricing, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. The Fairtrade vision is for a world in which all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfill their potential, and decide their future.
Choosing Fairtrade coffee for your business
By choosing Fairtrade coffee for your business, you are ensuring that the farmers who grow your beans receive a fairer deal. Fairtrade guarantees a base price for certified growers, which provides substantial protection for coffee farmers in a volatile market, and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects of their choice.
Additional coffee certification you might have seen
Producers must meet social and environmental standards to gain certification. At Lincoln & York we have seen first-hand how dependent some communities around the globe are on their coffee production and just how critical Fairtrade can be.
Rainforest Alliance certification
The Rainforest Alliance scheme does not have a fixed price structure but instead is concerned with policing production and environmental impact. The idea is that higher standards of production and environmental responsibility will raise prices across the board in line with the associated costs of delivery of those standards. The scheme recently merged with UTZ certification, which is concerned with similar values. More information is available on the RainForest Alliance certification website.
OF&G Organic certification
OF&G Organic certified coffee must be produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods that minimize any detrimental effect to our health and the environment. Considerations include soil, crop fertilisation, pesticides and environmental management and conservation. See the OF&G Organic certification website for more information.
Soil Association Organic Standard
The Soil Association symbol is internationally recognised as a mark of organic certification, which takes into consideration all aspects of organic food manufacturing and production, storage, and sales. For more information, please refer to the Soil Association website.
At Lincoln & York we are proud that over 80% of the coffee we roast is certified and we’re striving to increase that further. We source coffee from over forty origins around the world and work with both commodity and speciality traders to find the best quality producers of coffee.
If you would like your coffee offering to become more sustainable and competitive on quality and price, please contact our experienced team.