At M&S, all our tea and coffee, from the Foodhall to our Café, has been Fairtrade-certified since 2006. We’re proud to have long-standing relationships with Fairtrade cooperatives, some of which date back decades, that have a huge impact on coffee producers, their families and wider communities.
Every one of the producers we work with receives a fairer price for their crop and an additional premium to spend on projects of their choice. That means that by choosing Fairtrade, you could be supporting producers to invest in a school or hospital, gain access to clean drinking water, purchase renewable-energy cooking stoves or plant trees. We have adopted the Fairtrade standard as our minimum global sourcing standard for tea and coffee, meaning that in addition to a guaranteed price growers receive for their products, they also receive the Fairtrade Premium, an extra sum of money which goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use to enhance the lives of people and communities.
Our growers determine what is most important to them, whether this is education or healthcare for their children, improving their business or building vital infrastructure such as roads and bridges for their community. The use of the Premium is decided by an elected Premium committee, who meet regularly and consult with workers and smallholder farmers.