M&S is proud to offer a wide selection of Fairtrade products, from beautiful flowers to delicious, refreshing tea.
M&S' Fairtrade Story
At M&S, we have an ethical and environmental sustainability programme, called Plan A, that’s at the heart of everything we do. Fairtrade is a key part of that. It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Ethical trading, in short – and that’s what we believe in.
We have a wide range of Fairtrade products in our foodhalls, all of which help small-scale farmers and growers by paying them a Fairtrade price and a premium that protects against volatile market forces.
Tea & Coffee
Here in the UK, we're a devoted nation of tea lovers, drinking around 165 million cups per day. M&S was the first major retailer to switch all its tea and coffee to Fairtrade back in 2006. It was also the first retailer in the world to launch a Kenyan tea that’s packed by the smallholders who grow it. The farmers acquired the skills and technology to do this thanks to funding, education and expert advice from M&S.
We are constantly innovating and in Autumn 2014 we introduced two new infusion tea pyramids.
We also introduced a new range of Coffee capsules in six Fairtrade blends made from high-quality arabica beans.
Our popular M&S Café expresso blend has been Fairtrade and organic since 2004. All of the tea served in our cafes has also been Fairtrade since 2004
M&S have a great selection of Fairtrade wines, produced from Fairtrade certified vineyards, where growers are paid a fair price for their grapes, allowing workers to invest in their communities. Look out for Peacock Tail Sauvignon Blanc - fresh and intensely aromatic, it's produced in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa by Koopmanskloof.
Elsewhere in the foodhall you can find Fairtrade flowers and chocolate as well as biscuits and jam made with Fairtrade sugar.
It’s all part of our ongoing commitment to Fairtrade as part of Plan A –find out more here.