PapaNicholas embracing fair trade
Oct. 25, 2013, Batavia, IL – Coffee company PapaNicholas have decided to employ fair trade and fair living wage practices.
Many coffee growers operate in third-world non-industrialized countries. The majority of those working in the coffee industry are involved with the cultivation and harvesting of coffee plants. Coffee industry statistics show that only 20 per cent of harvested coffee beans are considered to be a premium bean of the highest quality, which the company invests in.
This premium is called a “differential” cost and is well above the prevailing market rates for coffee. These high-quality producers practise fair trade and use part of the differential to ensure that their people are treated well and paid a fair living wage.
On an annual basis, representatives from PapaNicholas visit their partner suppliers at different origins to confirm their commitment to “total quality” and fair trade practices. This includes good working conditions, equitable compensation, superior growing and production processes, as well as protecting the environment.