Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

3 Mar 2016

This week marks the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight and a chance to raise awareness of the challenges facing farmers and workers.

This week marks the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight and a chance to raise awareness of the challenges facing farmers and workers. At Tesco, we are committed to sourcing our products in an ethical and sustainable way and work with a number of partners, including Fairtrade, to help us achieve this.

Tesco was one of the first retailers to support Fairtrade following its launch in 1994 and we still offer our customers a wide selection of Fairtrade products sourced from a range of different countries.

This year the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign is centred on having a Fairtrade breakfast. At Tesco, we are especially proud of our work on Fairtrade coffee and tea. We are working hard towards making 100% of our Finest Roast and Ground coffee range Fairtrade - something we hope to achieve later this year. We've also got a strong history of working with different partners to make tea supply more sustainable. In 2013 we became the first major retailer to become a direct member of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP). Additionally, in September 2014 we announced our support for a ground-breaking new partnership between UNICEF and the ETP that is helping to protect children in tea communities in Assam from exploitation.

As well as our work on tea and coffee, we were the first retailer to offer our customers Fairtrade nuts, partnering with Liberation Nuts since 2006. Our partnership has continued over time and has supplied us particularly with Fairtrade organic brazil nuts from the COINACAPA farmers’ co-operative. We are now Liberation Nuts’ biggest customer, selling around 50 tonnes of brazil nuts every year.

For more information about our approach to trading responsibly and some of the on-going work we are doing with our suppliers click here.