Statement from Fyffes (15 December 2018)
Fyffes is disappointed by Fair Trade USA’s decision to decertify the Suragroh Melon Farm in Honduras. The health, safety and wellbeing of our workers are our primary concern.
Fyffes received a copy of the 64 page report from Fair Trade USA late Friday night so we are still working through the detail. However, we commit to working with local management on the issues raised by Fair Trade USA to quickly resolve them and achieve recertification. Exports of melons from Suragroh are not scheduled to commence until mid to late January.
Fyffes produce will continue to be supplied from its other Fair Trade USA certified farms. Fyffes remains committed to the highest ethical standards, robust certifications or ethical audit programmes that operate across our supply chain.
Fyffes will continue to have frequent internal and independent Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) which verify that working conditions meet the ETI Base Code.