CADO is currently
working towards fair trade certification for 2017 with our existing
organic certifier, BCS, to the standards of SPP, a Latin American &
Caribbean association of small producers. The decision has the
approval of our loyal buyer of organic
alcohol, Dr. Bronner's. The process takes a couple of months, but
considering that we have already met the
requirements for one global certifier, we are confident that we should
soon have a new fair trade certification.
companies that CADO works with in the processes of purifying the
alcohol and producing and bottling alcoholic drinks will also be
certified to the same fair trade standards, as will the community-run
microfactory where some of our
unrefined sugar is produced. All aim to meet the required
for quality control,
social security and fair pay for workers, and guarantee high quality
certification has always been an important goal for CADO's farmers, and
the group has been working to and towards fair trade standards since
2010 to obtain this. Our members maintained the respected "Fair
certification with the certifier IMO Control from 2011 to 2016,
the families who produce our alcohol and unrefined sugar, and our
complied with the norms required by IMO Control during that period.
The purification plant and drinks bottling factory that we use
also held the Fair for Life certification during the same timeframe.
importance of a fair trade certification is that we can guarantee
families earn a fair income adequate to live on, that the children
don't work at dangerous tasks and that they go to school and have time
to play. Also, in addition to the fair pay, the workers, from
CADO staff to labourers on the farms, have the social security systems
and social benefits required by the Ecuadorian state and responsible
is a democratic, participative community enterprise, in which all the
members have a vote in the decisions made by the organisation.
part of fair trade, CADO
has implemented standards in the farms and distilleries for the health
of producers and labourers, and the members of CADO have received
training and technology to effectively comply with these standards.
This artisan industry can be dangerous but CADO's members
are protected and now run much fewer risks in their working
trade certification demands strict controls on care for the
environment, which ensures on the members' farms a sustainable
balance between the families, the environment and the existing
biodiversity. Also, CADO dedicates a percentage of its
profits to reforestation and other environmental ends.
Complying with these environmental standards makes us proud,
as a responsible enterprise, of the environmental recuperation which is
taking place in the communities of CADO.
premiums are directed towards the
fulfillment of CADO's social responsibilities in the area,
through projects selected democratically
in meetings of
CADO's members. For example, fair trade premiums have been
in projects including the construction of 2 bridges to resolve mobility
isolated communities and also a water system for a remote village.
The use of each fair trade
premium is decided democratically by all the members of CADO in
these fair trade characteristics mean that the purchase of our products
continues to improve lives and protect ecosystems. Our
products and production facilities are also certified
have the satisfaction of making a difference, and the reassurance of an
internationally-respected fair trade certification.
Fair Trade Certification situation for CADO's alcohol, ethanol,
our alcohol has been certified fair trade in the past and we are
currently switching to a new certifier.