Whatever the occasion, you can say it with Fairtrade flowers. Often the go-to gift to brighten someone’s day, flowers are universally admired for their beauty. Flowers are also a huge industry, with production in places as diverse as Ecuador, Kenya and Sri Lanka.
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There are more than 60,000 flower workers working with Fairtrade to get a better deal. They grow, harvest, pack and care for the flowers so you can enjoy them all year round.
Fairtrade certified farms must ensure safety and working conditions for their employees. These farms receive a Fairtrade Premium of 10% for every stem sold, which allows workers to invest in healthcare, education and other social benefits.
Fairtrade flowers are traceable back to the original farm, in countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Uganda and Tanzania.
You buy flowers and plants as a symbol of life and love. Why not choose flowers that also aim to improve the livelihoods of the people behind the bouquet?
A bunch of reasons to buy Fairtrade flowers
Fairtrade empowers flower workers in a number of ways:
- Fairtrade works with several partners to establish regional living wage benchmarks. A tailored model to increase flower workers’ wages towards these levels is being developed.
- Workers at Fairtrade certified plantations have formal labour contracts as a norm, which is still a rarity on non-certified estates.
- Although pesticide use is rife in the flower and plant industry, the Fairtrade Standards prohibit the use of some of the most hazardous pesticides. Our Standards also require that workers are provided proper protection equipment, training in pesticide handling, and regular medical check-ups when working with pesticides. As with all flowers imported into Australia, Fairtrade flowers may have special pest treatments applied either prior to shipment or on arrival in Australia. This is a legal requirement to protect Australia’s agricultural industry and its unique flora, and is done under strict guidelines at government registered facilities.