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17 Aug 2022


Fairtrade publishes new due diligence guide for farmers across Africa, Asia and Latin America

Center for American Progress

"Fairtrade releases first-ever HREDD guide for farmers" 03 August 2022

A new publication unveiled by Fairtrade will help smallholder farmer organizations around the world navigate the complexities of human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD) expectations, the organization has confirmed.

Released this summer, the guidebook, titled Implementing Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence: Why and how to align your policies and processes with HREDD, is a global first that aims to strengthen the position of farmers and workers in global supply chains and arm them with the know-how to influence companies on HREDD practices and have an impact on how HREDD laws are written [...]

“With this guide, and the related trainings and workshops we will be implementing with farmer cooperatives across Africa, Asia and Latin America, Fairtrade now provides farmers with much needed support to make HREDD work for them,” [...]

HREDD is a systematic process of managing adverse human rights and environmental impacts. It involves a company or organization committing to respecting human rights and the environment; identifying the biggest human rights and environmental problems linked to its operations and value chains; taking action to address and remediate those problems; tracking their progress; and communicating about their work to key stakeholders.

However, value is often distributed unequally across many global supply chains leaving farmer organizations without the necessary resources to prevent and remediate human rights violations in their part of the supply chain. [...]

“Risk assessments, the training of staff and farmers on environmental and social issues such as child labour, the development and implementation of policies on gender, child labour or forced labour – these are all part of HREDD, and many farmer organizations will be pleased to find out they’re already working hard on HREDD,” Ms. Maina said. “The Fairtrade HREDD guide will now help them connect the dots between what farmer organizations have been doing and what is now increasingly expected.”