The 2023 Fairtrade Global Awards recognise companies that drive sustainable growing and trading practices
The not-for-profit organisation advocating fair and sustainable farming practices, Fairtrade, has today (5 October) announced the winners of its 2023 Fairtrade Global Awards, which recognises businesses that work towards creating a just global trading system.
Hosted by Fairtrade Africa, the awards cover eight categories celebrating excellence in ethical and sustainable trade practices, from climate action to living wages and income.
The judging panel for the 2023 Fairtrade Global Awards was drawn from a group of experts and leaders deeply committed to ethical trade practices and sustainability, the organisation said.
The winners and runners-up, announced at a gala awards ceremony held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, are:
Fairtrade Climate Leader Award
Winner: Co-op, UK; Runner up: HPW Fresh and Dry Limited, Ghana
Fairtrade Innovation Award
Winner: Equifruit, USA; Runner up: Nestle Nespresso SA, Switzerland
Fairtrade Living Income Leader Award
Winner: Fairtrade Original, Netherlands; Runner up: DRWakefield, UK & Netherlands
Fairtrade Living Wage Leader Award
Winner: German Retailers Working Group on Living Income and Living Wages; Runner up: Journeys End Brands (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
Fairtrade Africa Award
Winner: Ivoirienne de Noix de Cajou SA, Côte d’Ivoire (under the group brand “Cashew Coast”); Runner up: Omniflora Blumencenter GmbH, Germany
Fairtrade Asia and Pacific Award
Winner: Nature Pearls Private Limited, India; Runner up: Ceylbee International (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka
Fairtrade Latin America and Caribbean Award
Winner: Green and Blacks (Mondelez International), UK; Runner up: Delica AG, Switzerland
For the first time, the awards also recognised a global Fairtrade Partner of the Year
Winner: Ben and Jerry’s, USA; Runner up: Coop Genossenschaft, Switzerland
“Businesses have the potential to be remarkable agents of positive change,” said Sandra Uwera, Global CEO of Fairtrade International. “At Fairtrade International, we’ve seen countless examples of companies going the extra mile to make a sustainable impact. With great pride, we announce the launch of new award categories, recognising those businesses that are leading the way. Let us use their stories as a source of inspiration, a testament to what’s possible, and a call to action for others to follow suit in the pursuit of a more sustainable world.”
Fairtrade International is an independent non-profit organisation representing more than two million small-scale farmers and workers worldwide. It owns the FAIRTRADE Mark, a registered trademark of Fairtrade that appears on more than 37,000 products. Beyond certification, Fairtrade International and its member organisations empower producers, partner with businesses, engage consumers, and advocate for a fair and sustainable future.