”Fair trade needs the multinationals”

Tuulia Syvanen.

Tuulia Syvanen.

Fairtrade labelling organisations international, FLO, accepts new producers and traders into fair trade. Finland’s member in the board of FLO is Tuulia Syvänen. She says the big companies like Chiquita and Dole are needed in fair trade, too.
-The goal of fair trade is to support as many poor farmers and workers as possible. For that to be possible, we need to get all kinds of companies on board – small, large and medium sized, she says.
-We certify products, not companies. All companies that follow the criteria of fair trade can join the system. The certification process is transparent and open to anyone, producers as well as companies.
She points out that some of the small cooperatives sell their fairtrade products through big companies such as Chiquita, Fyffes and Dole.
-But sure, there has been discussion about the multinationals taking part in the import of fairtrade goods.

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