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Arena Flowers & Fairtrade

Arena Flowers is a proud supporter of the Fairtrade organisation and we have been since the very start – as soon as we were able to buy direct from farms we began supplying Fairtrade products – that's quite a long time now. When you buy quite a lot of stems you get to know the difference between well run farms and those that might not take things quite as seriously as we do – we know that the way our flowers are produced is as important as the quality of the flowers we buy, so we take great care to check both aspects of our sourcing throughout the year.

Our sourcing and Good Agricultural Practice

To achieve the best quality flowers, we buy blooms from across the world. That brings an important responsibility to ensure that we're sourcing ethically and in a way that allows growers to develop sustainably with us. Each of the farms we work with directly is independently audited to ensure that they are following Good Agricultural Practice and wherever possible we also encourage them to secure accreditation that enables them to supply Fairtrade flowers.

What does Fairtrade mean?

Nearly everyone knows about Fairtrade now – or thinks that they do. They know that the Fairtrade mark allows them to buy with confidence, and that it means that things are done properly on the farms that flowers come from. But what does it mean for our flowers? Well, if you buy Fairtrade flowers with Arena you can be certain that you're buying from farms that are employing the highest ethical, welfare and environmental standards in the market. You can also be sure that your contribution is helping to create a Fairtrade premium that's invested by farm worker committees to benefit and improve workers' lives, and those of those who live in the wider community.

What is the Fairtrade premium?

The Fairtrade premium is a sum of money that is paid in addition to the Fairtrade price and it is accrued specifically for use in environmental and social development projects that are selected by the workers who help to produce our flowers. The most common use of funds generated through Fairtrade is in social projects, typically helping to improve provision and standards of education & healthcare. These fundamental improvements help to change lives and communities and are deeply important to us. Other investments made by workers are in improving farming methods within the working environment. This type of investment is made to improve conditions or productivity so that the income of workers can increase as rapidly as possible.

We've seen the long-term difference that Fairtrade can make with our own eyes and it's one of the reasons we're steadfastly committed to buying Fairtrade wherever possible – it's not just good for business, it's business that does good.