News and Events
- Buy our sweet products online
Trade Aid has launched an online shop where you can purchase our sweet products... Drinking chocolate, Cocoa, Sugar and delicious Trade Aid chocolate online and get it delivered straight to your door! Check it out here.
- Take Action!
Slavery is a problem in the cocoa industry
"With Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire producing around three quarters of the world’s cocoa, it is believed that hundreds of thousands of children are working illegally in the plantations across these two countries alone."August 2009, Interpol media release.
- Read about the extent of slavery in the cocoa industry in West Africa
- Read Aly Diabate's story
- Join the Trade Aid slave free chocolate group on Facebook
The question Trade Aid is encouraging chocolate lovers to ask is as simple as this:
Q: Do you know if there is slavery in your chocolate? No ifs, buts or maybes - YES or NO?
Write, phone or email a chocolate maker using these contacts to find out:
- Cadburys New Zealand
Phone: 0800 223 2879
Mail: Cadbury Ltd, Freepost 577, PO Box 890, Dunedin
- Whittaker J H & Sons Ltd
Phone: (04) 237 5021
Fax: (04) 237 4743
Mail: Whittaker J H & Sons Ltd, Mohuia Cre Elsdon, Porirua
- Nestle New Zealand Limited
Phone: 0800 830 840
Mail: Consumer Services Department, PO Box 1784, Auckland 1015
Phone: 0800 RICHFIELDS
Fax (03) 365-0869
Mail: PO Box 11111, Christchurch
When you receive a reply from the chocolate makers let us know what they had to say!
- Trade Aid hot chocolate - 2nd best in NZ
Trade Aid was rated 2nd in a consumer magazine taste test of New Zealand hot chocolate brands. Not only one of the tastiest in New Zealand, but also with the biggest serving of justice..for the cocoa and sugar farmers!
Login and check out the report on consumer.org.nz http://www.consumer.org.nz/reports/print-view/drinking-chocolate and try some for yourself this winter... it is delicious!
- An interview with our sugar producers...
Sweet Justice fair trade organic sugar, grown and milled in Paraguay is an environment-friendly alternative for the sweetest tooth
Read our article from Trade Aid's VITAL magazine on our sugar producers - including an interview with the president of the co-operative Luis Ruiz Diaz. Read this article here.
- A sweet deal for fundraising...read more
A "sweet" deal for fundraisers...Whether you are a school, church or youth group - raising funds through selling Trade Aid products is an excellent way to achieve your goals, support your local community, small-scale farmers and the planet!
Trade Aid offers a complete fundraising package which provides the following:
- An easy fundraiser
- Up to 40% profit depending on the option you choose - An ethical alternative with competitive prices
- A win-win situation – for your community and communities around the world
- Double your impact - raise funds for your school and provide producers with a fair price
- Child labour free products
- A chance to educate about fair trade
- A choice to make a difference!
Check out your fundraising options here!
- Yet again cocoa giants fail to serve up any sweet justice
In 2001, the media showed the world the extent of forced child labor and trafficking on many West African cocoa farms - people were horrified. Major chocolate companies signed up to the Harkin-Engel Protocol and made promises to eliminate the worst forms of child labor from their supply chains by July 1 2008... Once again the cocoa industry has missed this deadline! Learn more about this Harkin Engel Protocol on the Labour Rights webpage.
- A bit o' sweet justice for wal-mart
The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has been ordered to pay an additional $62m in compensation to workers who were forced to work during breaks" read more here on clipmarks.com.
- Sugar - the not so sweet side
SUGAR - THE NOT SO SWEET SIDE...
Sugar is a product that most of us consume on a daily basis. Yet how many of us spend any real time pondering the source of this sweet product… Sugar is produced in more than 100 countries around the world, from Europe through to the tropics. Around two thirds of all this sugar is produced from sugar cane with the remainder coming from sugar beet.
Sugar – the problem
Unfair trade - While farmers in the developing world might expect to be very competitive in the world market as a result of their ability to produce sugar at relatively low cost, they are unable to compete on fair and level terms with many western sugar producers.
Subsidies and Tariffs - The European Union, the United States and Japan heavily subsidize domestic production and maintain high tariffs on imports. This combination of tariffs and subsidies has led to overproduction by their own producers, and a dumping of excess sugar onto world markets which has depressed global sugar prices.
The combination of low returns and general fluctuations in world sugar prices makes it very hard for the most disadvantaged of producers – the small-scale sugar growers of the developing world – to earn a living wage from their harvests.
The effect of "free trade" - Within international trade bodies, especially in the World Trade Organization, non-subsidizing sugar producing countries have long argued that because these large Western sugar markets overpay their local producers and don’t let cane sugar imports in (aside from some imports from a few selected trading partners), the rest of the world’s producers receive lower prices than they would under truly free trade conditions. The WTO recently sided with a group of cane sugar exporting nations (led by Brazil and Australia) and ruled the European Union’s Sugar Régime and it’s accompanying ACP-EU Sugar Protocol (whereby a group of African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries receive preferential access to the European sugar market) to be illegal.
The EU has now begun a process of tariff reductions as well as price cuts for it’s local producers. The US sugar industry is the next target for reform but sugar lobbyists there – renowned for their deep pockets and their willingness to donate large sums of money to both major political parties – present a major obstacle to change.
Sugar production is believed to be responsible for more environmental damage to the planet than any other crop.
Vast habitats rich in plants and animals, including tropical rainforests, have been cleared to make way for sugar to be grown. Large areas of soil have been eroded and degraded through sugar production.
Huge amounts of herbicides and pesticides are sprayed on to most of the world’s sugar crops; in the most local example, the runoff of toxic chemicals from sugar cane is blamed for the extensive destruction of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Further afield, phosphorus-rich runoff from sugar plantations is credited with destroying much of the Florida Everglades.
The burning and processing of sugar crops can also cause serious pollution of the ground, waterways and the air, while intensive sugar cultivation can seriously deplete water supplies.
Low prices for sugar farmers in the developing world also place an increasing burden on their local environments; without sufficient returns for their crops, environmental standards are inevitably compromised
The Solution – Fairer trade, organic production
Fairer trading terms are needed to improve the livelihoods of disadvantaged farmers and to help them to better protect their environments.
Trade Aid purchases its sugar from some of the lowest-impact sugar producers in the world, and through our ability to trade directly with co-operatives under fairer terms we can most effectively address the need to provide better returns to growers.
At the same time, our trade rewards organic production and supports a more sustainable method of sugar production.