Fair Trade products shifted the stratosphere of shoppers throughout the EU during the first half of the 2000’s. Sainsbury’s, among others, have redacted their commitment to the project. What does this mean for farmers and communities across the globe? Kate Ryan of flavour.ie investigates.
This article was published on Headstuff.org in August 2017
In May 2017, there was an outcry in the media at Sainsbury’s decision to “pilot” a new own-label scheme with its tea growers. This scheme would replace the chain supermarkets current commitment to the internationally recognised Fairtrade standard with promises of potentially better rewards and conditions than under the current Fairtrade programme.
For many reasons, this announcement was shocking.