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Fair Trade Certification

CADO is currently working towards fair trade certification for 2018 with our existing organic certifier, Kiwa 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.
The 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 standards for quality control, social security and fair pay for workers, and guarantee high quality products.
Fair trade 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 for Life" certification with the certifier IMO Control from 2011 to 2016, indicating that the families who produce our alcohol and unrefined sugar, and our micro-factory, 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.
The importance of a fair trade certification is that we can guarantee that the 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 international consumers.
CADO is a democratic, participative community enterprise, in which all the members have a vote in the decisions made by the organisation.
As part of fair trade, CADO has implemented standards in the farms and distilleries for the health and safety 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 life.
Fair 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.
Fair trade 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 invested in projects including the construction of 2 bridges to resolve mobility problems in 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 assembly.
All 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 organic.  Customers 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, liqueurs and other products -
our alcohol has been certified fair trade in the past and we are currently switching to a new certifier.
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Fair trade certified: workers in the panela factory
Fair prices mean a better life for producers
Fair trade organic alcohol, certified by IMO Control Fair for Life
Fair trade practices include democracy in decision making
Fair trade certification: organic sugar cane farms