Environmental Sustainability

In Fair Trade we promote sustainable development. This development is reached by working three fundamental pillars: social, economic and environmental sustainability.

That is why, for CLAC, environmental sustainability is a cross-cutting theme, through which we promote the development and implementation of good agricultural practices and good management of natural resources; including a proper management of water resources and a sustainable management of soil and biodiversity, that allow a rational use of natural resources.

Our commitment at an environmental level and in line with the Fairtrade standards, include promoting reforestation, decreasing the indiscriminate use of non-renewable resources and implementing actions in field so that our producers practice a sustainable agriculture.

Actions in favor of Environmental Sustainability

As part of the mainstreaming of this topic, competitions at regional level have been carried out to reward the Organizations that are taking action to preserve the environment. The aim of these competitions has been the socialization of successful practices. This has been the case of the Water Management Contest, in which 12 organizations from countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador and Peru participated. This type of competitions has relied on allies such as Keurig Green Mountain.

Another methodology much appreciated by producers organizations with a focus on environmental sustainability, are tours of experience-exchange between different countries, to show what other organizations are already doing to implement a sustainable agriculture.

PIP Project in Banana

Another example of mainstreaming of Environmental Sustainability is the implementation of projects such as PIP (Project to Increase Banana Productivity), which is based on conducting a soil rehabilitation and nurture plants from natural and local resources like mountain microorganisms, in order to decrease agrochemical use in banana cultivation.

The project has taken place in nine countries with the banana industry in Latin America and the Caribbean, covering 20 small producer organizations.

Furthermore, similar projects of productivity increase have been implemented, financed by Fairtrade Finland, for coffee organizations in some countries in Central America. These include, also, the promotion of compost factories and sustainable management of crops.

Do not hesitate to contact CLAC to help you solve any questions regarding our work and the beneficial impact that Fair Trade has in our organizations, networks, territory and society.

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