Sustainability

At Vendstore our aim is to do whatever we can to support ethical trade in its many forms.

We are committed to dealing with suppliers who trade responsibly and promote sustainability. We already offer a range of products from sustainable certified sources, like Fairtrade and the Rainforest Alliance.

Fairtrade

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

The Fairtrade Foundation is a development organisation committed to tackling poverty and injustice through trade, and the UK member of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO). The Foundation works with businesses, civil society organisations and individuals to improve the position of producer organisations in the South and to help them achieve sustainable improvements for their members and their communities. Certification and product labelling (through the FAIRTRADE Mark) are the primary tools for our development goals. The backing of organisations of producers and consumers in a citizen’s movement for change is fundamental and integral to our work.

To learn more about Fairtrade, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk

Rainforest Alliance

Coffee and tea from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms are sustainably grown to benefit farm families, wildlife, and the environment.

The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit conservation organization that works to conserve biodiversity and promote the rights and welfare of workers, their families and communities. Farms that meet comprehensive standards for sustainability earn the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal. These standards conserve biodiversity, ensure that soils, waterways and wildlife habitat is protected and that farm workers enjoy decent housing, access to medical care and schools for their children. Farms must commit to a process of continuous improvement and are audited each year in order to maintain their certification. By shopping for products bearing the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, consumers can support a healthy environment and help to improve the quality of life for farm families.

To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org