By switching your workplace to Fairtrade certified tea, coffee and other products you can help make a difference to the lives of farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, sustainable development, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
The Rainforest Alliance is an independent, non-profit organisation promoting sustainability, environmental conservation and the well-being of workers and their communities. They work with local, on-the-ground expertise, which help farmers to improve farm management, and create lasting benefits like better schooling, cleaner water and healthy living conditions.
How Does Rainforest Alliance Certification Compare to Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is an alternative marketing system designed to give disadvantaged farmers a guaranteed price for their products. By organising small farmers into cooperatives, it is helping many farmers who, without the fair trade support, might be at the mercy of fluctuating market prices.
Rather than emphasising how products are traded, The Rainforest Alliance focus on how farms are managed. They cover the full range of worker protection issues including the right to organise, the right to a safe, clean working environment, the right to be paid at least the national minimum wage, dignified housing (including potable water), access to medical care for workers and their families and access to free education for children.