UCC Coffee UK & Ireland has announced it has generated £1,099,600 during 2020 in Fairtrade premium funds, which will help support over 600 farming communities around the world.
In 25 years, businesses have contributed over €84m by supplying Fairtrade coffee. These funds provide a lifeline, particularly during crises such as COVID 19, and help farmers become more resilient to climate change, educate their children, promote fairer conditions, and improve communities.
Elaine Swift, Regional Director (North), UCC Europe, commented: “We are so proud to have generated such a fantastic premium in 2020. It’s been an incredibly challenging year for all. Coffee is one of the most significant products within Fairtrade, and the future of our industry depends on its supply. Fairtrade is a vote for people and planet, and it’s so important to give back to those who make this all possible. We would like to thank our customers for their ongoing support, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Fairtrade into 2021 and beyond.”
UCC Coffee partners with several sustainable organisations, including Fairtrade, to source 100% traceable to origin, sustainable coffees from farms and cooperatives around the world.
Late February also marks the start of Fairtrade Fortnight (22 February – 07 March 2021) – the biggest date in the Fairtrade calendar. The annual campaign raises awareness of Fairtrade products, and will see businesses around the UK come together to support and strengthen environmental and climate protection for farmers and workers.
Fairtrade International is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder association that promotes fairer conditions for international trade, empowers small-scale farmers and workers, and fosters sustainable livelihoods.