SOURCE: Fair Trade USA
Here’s news to help make your morning cup of coffee even more enjoyable. Albertsons Companies’ O Organics® coffee is now 100 percent certified sustainable by Fair Trade USA, meeting our Sustainable Coffee Challenge commitment. With each cup you drink, you’re helping farmers and the environment.
The Fair Trade Certified™ seal on each O Organics coffee product means that farmers are earning fair wages and working in safe conditions. Additionally, part of the cost of each O Organics coffee product goes directly back to the farmers and their communities through Community Development Funds, which help improve life in farming communities.
O Organics Fair Trade Certified coffee has generated more than $2.5M in Community Development Funds since our Fair Trade program began. Last year, Community Development Funds were used to support farming communities by:
- Helping to build primary and secondary schools in Ethiopia
- Improving coffee processing facilities with dry mills and solar dryers in Peru
- Training farmers in agricultural and business practices in Honduras
- Helping to replant trees in Colombia
Fair Trade certification is one way that Albertsons Companies contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Fair Trade standards help to advance UN SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth, by promoting better working conditions for farmers and guaranteeing a minimum price on coffee which allows farmers to plan for the future. The standards also support UN SDG 12, Responsible Production and Consumption, by having specific environmental requirements including protecting biodiversity, forests, and waterways.
About O Organics
Organic from the source, O Organics provides purity you can trust. Each product carries the USDA-certified organic label. O Organics coffee is available however you buy your coffee, be it whole bean, ground, instant, or coffee pod packages ranging from small 10-count to 72-count Family Packs. Find them all exclusively at Albertsons Companies stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Tom Thumb, Randalls, ACME Markets, Shaw’s, Star Market, and others.
About Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade USA® is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ seal on a product signifies that it was made according to rigorous fair trade standards that promote sustainable livelihoods and safe working conditions, protection of the environment, and strong, transparent supply chains. Rather than creating dependency on aid, Fair Trade USA’s model empowers farmers, workers, and fishermen to fight poverty and earn additional money to improve their communities. Winner of Fast Company’s Social Enterprise of the Year Award and recognized as a leading social venture by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Skoll Foundation, and Ashoka, Fair Trade USA also helps brands and retailers tell their stories of impact and educates consumers about the power of their purchase.
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