Our Fairtrade Promise

PROUDLY GROWING SWEET SUCCESS STORIES AROUND THE GLOBE

Through Fairtrade, we've been making a positive contribution to thousands of small scale cane sugar farmers in developing countries, since 2008. Fairtrade truly makes a difference to the lives of farmers, workers and their families by enabling them to them to maintain their livelihoods and reach their potential.

Our exciting new partnership with Co-op has seen us providing a 100% Fairtrade sugar range on shelf in all its stores, which is helping drive a mission to raise more than £1million to support Fairtrade farmers in Belize over the next two years. Fairtrade has already made a substantial difference in Belize, where farmers have achieved a 30% uplift in productivity. This commitment will enable us to continue to help drive positive change in their farming and communities.

By choosing Tate & Lyle Fairtrade cane sugar, not only will you improve your bakes at home but you will also help farmers around the world, just like Javier, have a brighter future.

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Why we are Fairtrade

It makes common sense, and indeed good sustainable business sense, for Tate & Lyle Sugars to support the people who farm sugar cane, the raw material on which we depend. Fairtrade is a system that encourages small scale farmers to become an organised social group, improve their environmental and ethical practices and in return they receive financial support (Fairtrade Premium) for their produce.

Under the Fairtrade system, farmers must decide together, democratically, how to spend the Fairtrade Premium and they must demonstrate good financial processes. This sounds a bit dry but in reality it is an incredibly exciting process as farmers vote on how they will improve their livelihoods.  See below for some examples of how the Fairtrade Premium paid by Tate & Lyle Sugars has funded some really life changing projects.

Since our initial commitment in 2008 Tate & Lyle Sugars has supported many farmers’ organisations to become Fairtrade certified. Today we source Fairtrade sugar from thousands small scale cane farmers in 14 different groups in 4 countries.

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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is based around making a positive difference and doing business with integrity with all our partners, whilst striving to minimize any negative impacts.

Tate & Lyle Sugars is one of the largest payers of Fairtrade premiums globally. We can do this because you support us; when you buy our Fairtrade cane sugar under the Tate & Lyle brand, or by buying other Fairtrade products like chocolate or ice cream with the Fairtrade mark made with Fairtrade cane sugar, you enable us to pay the Fairtrade Premium to the small scale cane farmers that is making such a difference to their lives.

We hope that you will continue to support Fairtrade by buying our products so that between us we can continue to enable our Fairtrade farmers to receive more Fairtrade Premiums and to help to improve more lives and environments in other countries around the world.

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Your support is making a difference - Thank you!

Fairtrade is helping to make a difference in many people’s lives around the world. Meet some of the faces and communities who are benefiting thanks to your support.

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FAIRTRADE SUGAR HELPS KEEP CHILDREN SAFE IN SAN VICTOR

New fencing, road signs, and a playground were installed to keep children safe in San Victor R.C. School in Belize. >> Read More...

FAIRTRADE SUGAR HELPS BUILD CLASSROOMS IN SAN ESTEVAN

28 children of Class 5 in San Estevan R.C. School, Belize, now have a new and spacious classroom. >> Read More...

FAIRTRADE SUGAR HELPS DISABLED CHILDREN PLAY IN SAN ANDRES

The 'Special Olympics' are held every 3 months so disabled children in San Andres, Belize, can play and have fun together. >> Read More...

FAIRTRADE SUGAR HELPS REBUILD A SCHOOL ROOF IN LOUISVILLE

Children at Santa Clara R.C. School, Belize, are safer from the risk of lung diseases due to nesting bats, thanks to a new roof on their classroom. >> Read More...

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FAIRTRADE SUGAR HELPS KEEP FAMILIES SAFE IN XAIBE

Children living in the rural areas of Xaibi, Belize, can now get hot lunches at school thanks to new kitchen equipment. >> Read More...

FAIRTRADE SUGAR HELPS PROVIDE HOT LUNCHES TO CHILDREN IN XAIBE

Farmers have now built small warehouses to safely store agricultural equipment and chemicals. >> Read More...

FAIRTRADE SUGAR HELPS IMPROVE FARMERS HARVESTS IN COROZAL

By investing in re-planting, farmers in Belize can improve yields by as much as 3x, and increase their income as a result. >> Read More...

FAIRTRADE SUGAR HELPS SAVE CROPS FROM PESTS IN SAN NARCISO

Farmers in Belize have designed and built a new machine that helps prevent insect infestations that destroy crops. >> Read More...

Fairtrade in Belize - Working together for success

Want to know more? Fairtrade Foundation have their own site with more details on how Fairtrade Premiums benefit Sugar Cane farmers in countries like Belize. Find out more here