Responding to COVID-19
Across the globe, each of us has been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic. First and foremost, this crisis is a global humanitarian challenge.
Impact on farmers and workers in developing countries
Fairtrade continues to do our work to advocate and support disadvantaged small-scale farmers and workers in developing countries. The farmers and workers Fairtrade serves are already among the world’s poorest people, living in communities with weak or non-existent safety nets, meaning that any loss of livelihoods will be felt all the more keenly and be a risk to their very survival.
We are gathering updates from around the world about how COVID-19 is affecting producer organisations, family farmers, and workers. We will continue to update this page as we receive more information.
Regular global Fairtrade news stories will also be posted on Fairtrade International’s website here.
As farmers and workers face uncertainties due to the pandemic, we remain committed to ensuring they are able to secure their livelihoods while building resilience in supply chains
Dario Soto Abril — CEO of Fairtrade International
What we are doing to support farmers and workers
Flexibility in Fairtrade Premium
Fairtrade International announced increased flexibility in its standards to enable producer organisations to take immediate action to protect the health and livelihoods of farmers, workers and their communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Changes in audit procedures
Fairtrade’s independent certifier, FLOCERT, has amended their audit procedures to help minimise physical interactions. All physical audits have been paused until April 22, 2020, which includes existing certified producers as well as new applicants.
Fairtrade CEO Letter to G20 Leaders
Fairtrade CEOs have sent a joint letter to leaders of the G20 calling for an effective coordinated response to the impact of COVID-19 on developing country farmers and workers. Fairtrade urged G20 leaders to push for a comprehensive response to the crisis, including ensuring that the response helps global food supply chains become more sustainable and climate resilient.
Update on key Fairtrade product sectors
Cotton and textiles
What you can do to support farmers, workers and businesses
We have all felt the impact of COVID-19, whether through job insecurity, financial strain, health challenges or the impacts of isolation on our mental health. First and foremost, take care of your loved ones, your community and yourself.
We invite you to stand together with farmers and workers who provide the essential service of feeding and clothing our communities, and the businesses that deliver these products to us.
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