« Because being certified organic is good but being certified organic & fair trade is even better, we explain everything about fair trade and our certification process. Fair trade proposes to reduce the social and environmental inequalities generated by conventional trade. It guarantees producers stable and remunerative prices so that they can make a dignified living from their work and adopt production methods that respect their environment.
Since June 2018, our organic icing sugar has carried the Fair For Life fair trade label. This means, in particular, that at least 80% of the ingredients of agricultural origin are certified as fair trade.
This independent label, supported by the ECOCERT Group, is based on 3 fundamental pillars:
- A business relationship that is focussed on the long term (minimum contract of 3 years) and based on dialogue and respect.
- Increased autonomy: this quality label leads producers to consolidate their assets, strengthen their collective organisation, take control of their production and rebalance their relations with the downstream sectors.
- Transparency: this quality label guarantees the physical traceability of products, and the transparency and sincerity of the information communicated from producers to consumers.
Fairness has no borders, so all the players in the sector, from the producer to the brand, commit themselves to benefiting from the quality label. Fair for Life stands for in particular respect for human rights, safe and decent working conditions, respect for ecosystems, empowerment of producers and the pursuit of a positive local impact.
Our organic and fair trade icing sugar is made by the French company SUCRE AQUITAINE based in Cestas. It is obtained by grinding unrefined cane sugar to which potato starch is added to prevent it from solidifying. The cane sugar used for manufacturing is imported from Brazil. It is manufactured by the NATIVE SAN FRANSCICO plant located in Sertãozinho, in São Paulo State. The plant produces approximately 60,000 tonnes of organic sugar annually.
It sets up social programmes for all the employees working in the sugar factory and their families (football team, musical groups, housing, etc.). Part of the purchase price is also paid back to the growers through their cooperative.