23 Jun Nestlé to Drop Fairtrade Cocoa for KitKat
This is not good news, so we’ll get straight to it. After a decade of sourcing cocoa and sugar for KitKat in the UK and Ireland, Nestlé have informed Fairtrade they no longer plan to buy Fairtrade cocoa and sugar from some of the world’s most vulnerable small scale farmers.
For those cocoa and sugar farmers, the timing is terrible. With the global health and economic crisis threatening their future, co-operatives representing 27,000 farmers now face losing almost £2m of Fairtrade Premium each year, along with the security and power Fairtrade has offered over the past ten years.
The affected farmers have spoken out about wishing to remain Fairtrade, and the Fairtrade Foundation has released a plea to Nestlé on their website which also contains a link to a powerful letter from the Ivorian Fair Trade Network explaining why this is such a damaging decision.
Please show your support, sign the petition set up on Change.org.