Flo-International exists to improve the position of small co-operative growers in coffee-producing countries. It helps bring together farmers to form co-operatives to work together to improve living conditions for workers. Flo has transparency and credibility from growers to the consumers.
We support sustainability with the growers and producers by offering Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified coffee
JBL/Fairtrade Impact Report – Spotlight on PNG
Why pay more for Fairtrade & Organic certified coffee?
Fairtrade gives farmers stability by offering a Fairtrade Minimum Price, which protects them from sudden price drops and supports farmers to organise themselves into small producer organisations – such as cooperatives and associations. This enables farmers to negotiate better terms of trade and reach wider markets. Organically grown coffee receives an additional price incentive, too.
Farmers also receive a, additional Fairtrade Premium – an extra sum of money paid on top of the selling price that they can invest in business or community projects of their choice. 25 percent of this premium is also invested in quality or productivity improvement initiatives.
Ultimately, it’s about farmers building a better quality of life for their families and communities, while keeping the quality of your coffee up to scratch – a win-win!
Fairtrade minimum price 140c/lb: The guarantee of a Minimum Price is unique to Fairtrade certification. For most Fairtrade goods there is a Fairtrade Minimum Price which covers the cost of sustainable production for the product in that region.
Organic Premium 35c/lb: This is to cover the organic certification
Social Premium 20c/lb (minimum): This is over and above the Fairtrade price; that is, the Fairtrade Premium is an additional sum of money which goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use as they see fit, to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions. Farmers and workers alone determine what is most important to them and they do so democratically, during annual meetings for example. Funds can be spent on education or healthcare for their children, improving their business or building vital infrastructure such as roads and bridges for their community. The Fairtrade Premium is a real game-changer.