Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)Equal Exchange5 stars

Place, CountryWest Bridgewater, United States

Contactequalexchange.coop, info@equalexchange.coop

Certified Productscoffee roasted, chocolate bars, black tea, green tea, rooibos tea, tea blends, sugar, cocoa drinking powders, cocoa baking powderfair for life logo
Certification ProgrammeFair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification
Handling Operations
ChapterContent of the Fair for Life - Social & Fair Trade ProgrammeNormRating
4.1.1Fair Trade Sourcing1427
4.1.2Support and Promotion of Fair Trade Producers and Products612
4.1.3Traceability and Product Handling2222
4.2.1Partnership and Favourable Trading Terms2838
4.2.2Fair for Life Pricing and Fair Trade Development Premiums1623
Total Score Handling Operations122
Social Impact
Social Impact & Special AchievementsEqual Exchange was built upon creating long-term relationships with producer groups to bring fair trade products to market. This began with coffee from Nicaragua in 1986 and has grown to include chocolate, sugar, tea and more. Most recently, Equal Exchange has added other marginalized producers as suppliers, such as one out of the Congo region of Africa.

These efforts have benefitted farmer producer groups by increasing awareness and demand of fair trade products in the market. This commitment is evident through higher payment or product and added premiums, open and transparent communication and frequent visits to producer groups in origin as well as bringing producers to company headquarters outside of Boston to strengthen relationships and improve quality through learning together. Equal Exchange is initiating a collaborative project "Cooperative Development Program" funded by USAID to build processing facilities in cocoa growing countries to export semi-finished goods rather than only cocoa beans; this ultimately benefits cocoa workers and farmers. By being a cooperative as a company and working with producer group cooperatives, Equal Exchange continually seeks ways to improve relations - internal and external - and way to make a positive social impact in the world.

Reached percentage of the applicable Total Norm Points for the overall performance
Percentage141 %

Date of Certification
First13.04.2010
Last Update13.03.2014

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