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FAIR tRADE

Small growers producing great coffees

RETHINKING INTERNATIONAL TRADE A FAIRER BUSINESS MODEL

Malongo started working with Padre van der Hoff, the co-founder of the Max Havelaar label, to support small coffee growers, as early as 1992. Since then, our commitment has taken various forms: launching coffee pods on the market, advertising, organising conferences and colloquia.
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The basic principle

Fair Trade is “a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade”. The basic principle? A guaranteed minimum price. A set purchase price, regardless of stock market fluctuations.

 

An economic cornerstone

  • The principle of granting a “minimum purchase price”, protecting small growers from falling coffee prices.
  • Granting social improvement bonuses and organic and quality bonuses.
  • Upfront funding for harvests;
  • Diversified sources of income.

A social cornerstone

  • Strength in numbers via cooperatives.
  • Farmers can now decide on their own future and recover their dignity.
  • Access to health, education and training services.
  • Reducing poverty & mitigating the rural exodus

An environmental cornerstone

  • Strict specifications: water and soil management, waste, energy costs, reducing the effects of crops on the lie of the land.
  • Reduced use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers.
  • Promotion of Agriculture Biologique (French organic label) certification.
Fair thinking
Fairtrade - Max Havelaar

The Max Havelaar label was created by Father Francisco van der Hoff and the economist, Nico Roozen, both Dutchmen, when communities of Mexican growers structured their operations into cooperatives to market their coffee directly. Max Havelaar awards the label to products (coffee, cocoa, fruit, etc.)

Flo-Fairtrade International defines international fair trade standards. It supports growers and appoints liaison officers in each country. Max Havelaar acts as an international relay for Flo-Fairtrade. Finally, Max Havelaar France is responsible for certification and the organisation of several fair trade major events in France.

 

WFTO

WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) was founded in 1989 as one of the oldest fair trade networks. This label is awarded to organisations rather than products. WFTO maintains traditional fair trade targets: improving the lifestyle of growers based in the south and creating a fairer alternative business model…

This ethical policy covers all company activities. The label is based on 12 key fair trade factors relating to ethical, ecological, social, cultural and environmental priorities. Members must guarantee the quality of their products, maintain transparent origins and indicate the production methods used.

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A DECISIVE MEETING

1992: SETTING OUT ON A FAIR TRADE ADVENTURE

In 1992, Jean-Pierre Blanc, the Managing Director of Malongo, sought out organic coffee in the State of Oaxaca in Mexico. He travelled to the UCIRI community in the Tehuantepec isthmus. This cooperative of coffee growers is quite simply the birthplace of modern fair trade. Jean-Pierre then met Padre Francisco van der Hoff, the co-founder of the Max Havelaar label.

This meeting proved decisive and represented a turning point in the history of Malongo. He was won over by the basic principles behind this fairer business model and set the Nice-based roaster off down this road. 25 years later, this Malongo roadtrip to the world of fair trade is still eating up tarmac.

MALONGO
AND FAIR TRADE

SUPPORTING AND PROTECTING SMALL GROWERS

In 1997, Malongo was the first brand to introduce a Max Havelaar fair trade product on the French wholesale market: Coffee by Small Growers. Even today, this is the best selling fair trade product in France. We aim to increasingly extend our range of products and help to advertise this new business model.

Malongo is committed to cooperatives of growers and for the long term. We pay market rates for coffee, as well as the development bonus. “Agriculture Biologique” and quality bonuses may also be paid out in addition to the above. The actual amounts vary depending on the region. The fair trade price will systematically be higher than the standard market price for identical-quality coffee.

 

  • 58,1 %
    OF COFFEE IMPORTED (BY VOLUME) IS CERTIFIED FAIRTRADE
  • 33
    FAIRTRADE SINGLE-ORIGIN COFFEES IMPORTED
  • 16
    FAIRTRADE COFFEE PRODUCING COUNTRIES
  • 18 220 000€
    IN FAIRTRADE COFFEES IMPORTED
  • 4724
    TONS OF FAIRTRADE COFFEE IMPORTED
  • 2 082 720 $
    PAID OUT TO GROWERS IN DEVELOPMENT BONUSES
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