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Lidl is committed to sourcing high quality fresh meat and poultry from British farms. We work closely with Red Tractor to ensure that our British meat and poultry is responsibly sourced to strict food hygiene, animal welfare and environmental standards with every pack traceable to the farm of origin. This guarantees our customers a fresh, locally sourced, high quality range of meat and poultry, at excellent value.
UTZ Certified is a sustainability programme for cocoa, coffee and tea. It provides education in good farming practices and shows farmers how they can produce cocoa more professionally, effectively, productively and sustainably.
Additionally, farmers are also educated in business management, health and safety maintenance and environmental management. The aim of the programme is to enable farmers to ask for a better price for a better product. To succeed in sustainable cocoa farming, the smallholders commit themselves to upholding the UTZ Certified Code of Conduct.
The UTZ Certified retraceability system achieves transparency in the trading of certified goods and guarantees that the raw materials have been farmed and harvested using responsible methods. This strengthens the confidence of the buyers and sellers and enables all parties to negotiate fair prices for sustainably produced goods.
For more information, visit the UTZ Certified website.
Here at Lidl we are proud to support a new ethical food label, assured by the RSPCA, that has been launched in a bid to help improve the lives of a further 100 million farm animals, plus many millions of farmed salmon and trout, in the next five years.
As reported in The Grocer the RSPCA Assured label replaces the RSPCA’s Freedom Food mark on eggs, meat, dairy products and fish sold in supermarkets and shops throughout the UK. The new label makes it easy to find products from animals that have had a better life. RSPCA Assured means the product has come from a farm inspected to the RSPCA’s higher welfare standards – whether it is an indoor, outdoor, organic or free range farm. These standards include, for example, giving animals plenty of space to move around, natural light and things to do such as straw bales for chickens to peck at or straw for pigs to root around in.
As an independent initiative, TransFair does not trade goods itself, but rather awards the Fairtrade logo to fairly traded products on the basis of licensing contracts and with this creates confidence in buying responsibly. Clearly defined guidelines, which, amongst other things, stipulate the payment of Fairtrade Premiums, allow farming groups in Africa, Latin America and Asia to gain the opportunity to strengthen their villages and families through their own living and working conditions. Regular checks on the standards are carried out locally. Fairtrade farmers and workers are given a voice, are taken seriously and make their own decisions on the issues which affect them.
Fairtrade’s goal is the social and economic development of disadvantaged communities in developing countries through terms of trade. In 59 countries over 7 million people – farmers, plantation workers and their families – benefit from Fairtrade practices. By supplying to the Fairtrade market the producers gain stability and earn money for a better standard of living, education and medical care. This also secures a better future for their children.
The Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, New Consumer, Oxfam, Traidcraft and the World Development Movement. These founding organisations were later joined by Britain’s largest women’s organisation, the Women’s Institute. The Foundation is the UK member of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO), which unites 21 national initiatives across Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico and Australia/New Zealand. FLO is responsible for importing and certifying organisations and traders against Fairtrade standards.
The Fairtrade mark is an independent consumer label that appears on products as a guarantee that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal. For a product to display the Fairtrade mark it must meet international Fairtrade standards which are set by the FLO, who inspect the producer organisations and certify their products accordingly. The producer organisations receive a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production and an extra premium that is invested in social or economic development projects.
Benefits behind the Fairtrade mark
Farmers receive a fair and stable price for their products. A main objective of Fairtrade is to increase producer incomes. This is achieved by payment of a guaranteed fair price and by reducing the number of intermediaries in the supply chain so that the growers get a larger share of the export price.
Extra income for farmers and farm workers to improve their lives. The Fairtrade premium is an additional sum paid into the bank account of an elected committee set up specifically to administer the premium fund. The fund is reserved for investment in communities, business or environmental projects that are decided on with the agreement of co-op members or farm workers.
A greater respect for the environment. Environmental protection and sustainability must be included in producer organisations’ management policies. The minimum requirements include compliance with national legislation on protection of the environment.
A stronger position for small-scale farmers in world markets. Fairtrade strengthens producer organisations – by dealing with Fairtrade partners and buyers, farmers’ organisations gain crucial technical information and market knowledge that can also help them get a better prices in the conventional market.
A closer link between consumers and producers. The Fairtrade system is about trading as directly as possible with producer organisations within a clear set of standards: the result is a transparent audit trail from producer to shop shelf.
Marine Stewardship Council
The Marine Stewardship Council, or MSC, is an independent, global non-profit organisation that was formed in 1997 to find a solution to the problem of overfishing.
Many oceans are so heavily overfished that the fish reserves are depleting rapidly throughout the world. This damages the marine ecosystem as well as the world fishing industry.
The MSC has developed a global environmental standard according to which worldwide fisheries can be evaluated. If they meet the criteria for this standard, they are allowed to use the blue MSC seal of their products.
The MSC seal is a guarantee that fish used in a particular product has been caught in accordance with environmental fishing standards. Lidl products always display this seal on a yellow background in the right corner of the packaging.
The three principles of the MSC
The condition of fish reserves
Fishing must be organised so that overfishing and exhaustion of the fish reserves is avoided. It must be proven that the reserves can recover, and the fisheries are not allowed to alter the characteristics of the fish reserves in terms of age, gender and genetic features.
Effects of fishing on the maritime environment
The fisheries must show considerations for the marine ecosystem, whose structure, productivity, variety and uses should not be compromised. The natural relationship between the fish species as well as the biological variety should not be endangered.
Fishery management system
A fishery management system is established for every fishery according to the local, national and international laws and guidelines. The fishery itself as well as its institutional and commercial standards should focus on the sustainable use of marine resources.
The MSC welcomes Lidl’s efforts to support environmentally conscious fishing. Rupert Howes, Chief Executive of the MSC, said:
‘Lidl brought out its first MSC fish products in 2006 and has continually expanded its range of MSC products since then. Lidl is taking the preservation of fish and seafood seriously, and they have given the MSC seal a prime position on their packaging so it attracts the attentions of the customer. Lidl explains the meaning of the MSC seal to its customers on its website, too. Information is an important and necessary step in gaining support for environmentally friendly practices. The MSC seal makes it simple for consumers to show their support for the cause.
‘In cooperation with the MSC, Lidl targets its suppliers to make the environmental standards of the MSC better known and offers incentives for MSC-certified products. In this way, Lidl helps to promote sustainable fishing and helps to secure adequate stocks of fish in our supermarkets in the long-term.’
Products with an MSC seal are not only available in Lidl stores in the United Kingdom, but also in 17 other European countries.