• Organic and fair trade

    Chapter 5 - Market segments - Organic cotton: an opportunity for trade 

    FLO does not require fair trade cotton to be produced organically. However, the produce may well be certified organic. Market actors are increasingly looking for ‘organic fair trade’ cotton when developing policies of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Consumers of textiles and clothing do not want products to be just organic or fair trade; they want them to be both.

    The FLO standards prescribe the level of the additional premium that is paid for certified organic produce. In West Africa, the organic premium is FCFA 34 per kg of cotton (EUR 0.05 per kg; i.e. 6 US cents per kg, or 2.7 US cents per pound). A minor part of the FLO-certified fair trade cotton is currently certified organic. 
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    Cotton Exporter's Guide

    Brochure - African cotton promotion
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