Looking for more sustainable business practices? More and more businesses are committed to doing their bit for people and the planet. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) confirm that fair trade is an important path to a more sustainable world. Here you can read how Oxfam Fair Trade helps you run a sustainable business or organisation.
Sustainability and Oxfam Fair Trade
Sustainability is in our DNA. We want to be honest about the efforts we make to be the most sustainable version of ourselves. And more specifically how this benefits our customers. Oxfam Fair Trade works sustainably from start to finish. Curious about how we do that?
The highest quality for our customers
Our goal is to have 100% organic and fair products by 2030. No more chemical additives and a focus on natural agriculture.
We monitor and improve the quality of our products every single day. Using our own quality controls and our suppliers’ quality scores, we try to go above and beyond the expectations and regulations. And when it comes to health, we’re taking leaps and bounds. Our average Nutri-Score increased by 0.83 in 2021 compared to 2020.
Everything for the planet
We will become a CO2 positive organisation by 2025. We decrease packaging waste for all our product chains and compensate our emissions through climate projects such as reforestation, nature protection, recycling projects, etc.
Loyal trade partners
We conduct fair trade with our trade partners. In practice this means that we pay a fair price for the work and the products they supply. This is always supplemented with a fair trade premium for social and environmental projects. We pay an organic premium for our organic products to support the farmers in this climate-friendly effort.
And we even go a step further for cocoa. The cocoa farmers receive a living income premium on top of the fair trade price and premium. Studies show that the cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast can’t cover their costs without it.
Fair trade is about more than money. It’s also about social equality and equal opportunities. Our long-term relationship with partners enables us to support specific projects. Read about our support for equal opportunities for women, organic farming and agroecology here.
Recognition for impact on communities
The independent B Lab wants to encourage companies to do business sustainably. They screen companies for different areas of impact: community, customers, environment, governance and employees. With a sufficient score a company obtains B Corp (Benefit Corporation) certification. Does a B Corp score in the highest 5% on any of the impact areas? Then B Lab awards them with the title ‘Best for the World’.
The B Corp certification is currently the most credible and challenging assessment for sustainability in the business world at the global level. After obtaining our B Corp certification last year, we are now among the best 5% B Corps in the world for communities. We also encourage other organisations to take climate action. By choosing Oxfam Fair Trade you’re already making a clear statement: your organisation opts for sustainable business.