566: Fair Trade begins at home

This briefing summarises ‘Fairtrade begins at home - supermarkets and the effect on British farming livelihoods’, by the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group. The project was carried out by the Socially Responsible Investment Unit at CCLA Investment Management Ltd and was conducted during the first half of 2007 via a series of one-to-one and group meetings with farmers around England.

Year of Publication2007

The food majors puts pressure on the prices farmers get but also products are labelled as British which are only processed or packaged here, farmers suffer from ‘flexible’ contracts and payment terms and they pay facilitation payments and the full cost of promotions. Farmers are unwilling to complain about these practices. The Supermarkets’ Code of Practice is not working although retailers who operate predominantly in the premium markets appear to pay more fairly.

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