Fair trade relations: offering a grip in corona days
Corona is affecting the whole world and therefore also the Oxfam suppliers in its four corners. We call them our partners and in times like these we really live up to that partnership. Over the years we have built a solid trade relation and a bond of trust with these producer groups.
Our trade relations without intermediaries are more than merely a matter of fair price buying and selling. We work with a short supply chain, even though the goods themselves come from afar. We grant fair trade premiums, that benefit entire communities. We guarantee long term relations. We pay in advance for the deliveries. We offer support and advice in all kinds of matters… and in times of adversity we offer extra help from the Partnerfonds.
Also during the current crisis we keep a close watch on these often vulnerable farmers and cooperatives. Below you will find more news on our coffee and cocoa partners in Africa.
Fair trade results in certainty
All over the world our partners acknowledge that Oxfam’s collaborative style makes them more resilient in the crisis at hand. On top of that, Fairtrade International, the worldwide organization that sets the Fair Trade criteria, has decided to allow cooperatives to make more flexible use of their fair trade premiums. So that for the time being they can immediately use them for buying mouth masks or sensitizing material.
- Now that our partners’ sales are hitting a rough patch, the very fact that they can sell their goods at correct prices keeps them from slipping into a financial hole. They can count on us in the long term, even when the corona crisis makes it hard for them to live up to deals made.
- Many of our partners have been investing our fair trade premiums in health care centers and sanitation, which now prove to be of help in keeping the corona virus at bay from the communities they work in.
Together we make the difference
All this delicious faire trade chocolate, coffee, wine and all the numerous other food products that offer us some relief during the lockdown… we owe it all to farmers like our partners. Indispensable though they may be, the # foodfrontliners, who produce it all, are often invisible.
In committing yourself as a customer you are offering these farmers more certainty, which makes a huge difference in the current crisis. By choosing Oxfam Fair Trade you offer them what they deserve. A better income, faith in the future and visibility in the complex network of international trade.