Sustainability Assessment Process

Our assessment process examines the main impacts for the products we sell – both good and bad – on people, the environment and the local economy, from raw materials to finished product, use and disposal.


          Economic                                 Ethical

          Environmental                         Make a difference

          Social                                        Transparency                   



Supply Chain

Owned and democratically run by our 640+ members, we develop and promote fair trade for a more equal world, working in solidarity with the international co-operative movement and those who believe in environmental and social responsibility and caring for communities.

Here are examples of some of our suppliers with a high economic impact: Aura Que (ethically handmade goods), Dark Woods (coffee) and Stellar Organics (wine).


Aura Que 

Designer Laura Queening works directly with charity and fair trade producer groups in Nepal, providing much-needed jobs in an area hit hard by earthquakes.

Their factory provided shelter for employees whose homes were destroyed and employs 

70 workers, of which 20 are full time.

Dark Woods


Local startup creating three part-time jobs and occupying a refurbished mill with significant capital investment.

All the coffee beans are imported on fair trade terms directly from estates they know and have visited personally such as Café Femenino Peru,  who in turn have a positive impact on their local community.

Stellar Organics


The world's first Fairtrade certified organic wine producer sources organic grapes from a number of independent farms. Workers on the farms and in the winery, including seasonal workers, own 26% of the enterprise through shares in the Stellar Empowerment Trust.

Stellar Foundation, a non-profit organisation, manages development projects on the farms and in the communities where many of the Stellar workers live.