By now, more than 70 wine brands originating from South Africa, Argentina and Chile as well as Lebanon are labelled with the FAIRTRADE-mark. Fairtrade Standards are designed to improve employment conditions and protect the rights of workers on wine grape plantations and to support small wine grape farmers’ organisations in gaining more control within supply chains and increase their incomes. Fairtrade Standards include payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price that aims to cover small wine grape farmers’ average costs of production. Fairtrade certified plantations must provide decent working conditions for workers and protect their rights in line with core International Labour Organisation
Conventions, including the right to join a trade union and collectively negotiate their working conditions, a safe and healthy environment and no discrimination or child labour. Within the Fairtrade system the Fairtrade Premium is an important element. The premium is invested in improving farm practices, education, healthcare and training programmes that benefit farmers and workers, their families and communities. Small farmers and workers on plantations decide democratically how the Fairtrade Premium is used.
In May 2016 Stiftung Warentest confirmed Fairtrade a high credibility. Within the test’s conclusion, Stiftung Warentest writes that Fairtrade presents great overarching standard criteria. Stable minimum prices for raw commodities, an additional premium, a high degree of traceability and good control mechanisms as well as diverse impact analysis were particularly highlighted.