The Co-op and Fairtrade

The Co-operative Group’s AGM is coming up in May and it looks like some of its members have put forward a motion to strengthen its commitment to Fairtrade. The Group’s official policy is that any product which can be Fairtrade “will be Fairtrade”. However, the Board has basically said that it can’t afford to stick to this. It’s a classic example of why the “business case for sustainability” doesn’t always hold – this is a “win-lose” situation, and sustainability ends up being the loser. The full story is here:

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/apr/19/co-op-group-competition-means-we-cannot-fully-commit-to-fairtrade

Speaking of Fairtrade,here’s a link to the official Fairtrade website, which has loads of detailed information on how Fairtrade works, what standards are required for the Fairtrade mark, and what Fairtrade products are available:

http://www.fairtrade.net/361.html

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