Bewley’s showcases commitment to climate action ahead of Fairtrade Fortnight

Bewley’s was the first company to bring Fairtrade produce to market in Ireland in 1997

Bewley’s has contributed an estimated €2 million in Fairtrade Premium over the last five years


Brand Central

22 February 2022

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Leading coffee and tea company, Bewley’s, is continuing its long-term commitment to Fairtrade by partnering with Fairtrade Fortnight for another year.

As many of our readers will be aware, Bewley’s was the first company to bring Fairtrade produce to market in Ireland in 1997. The company is now delighted to be a part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2022, which takes place from 21 February – 6 March. The theme of this year’s virtual festival is ‘Choose the World You Want’.

Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual event that sees hundreds of individuals, companies, and supporters of Fairtrade across Ireland come together to build public understanding of the role Fairtrade plays in climate action and sustainable farming. When a product carries the Fairtrade mark it assures customers that it was produced according to international Fairtrade standards. These standards ensure Fairtrade products are socially and economically fair and environmentally responsible.

Climate action

This Fairtrade Fortnight, Bewley’s will once again team up with Fairtrade to highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in vulnerable communities across the globe. The climate crisis is an ongoing threat in the day-to-day lives of these communities which see impacts such as droughts, crop disease, floods and shrinking harvests, all the while trying to manage farms and forests sustainably.

Bewley’s has made a global impact on Fairtrade coffee, contributing to 0.5% of global Fairtrade coffee Premium and approximately a half of Fairtrade coffee premium in Ireland. Over the past five years, Bewley’s has paid an estimated €2 million in Fairtrade premium. This premium provides workers and farmers with a sum of money that accumulates in a communal fund to be used for their respective needs. This fund can be used to support Fairtrade workers following devastating the devasting effects of climate change, as well as to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions.

Long-standing relationships

Bewley’s prides itself on its host of long-standing relationships with Fairtrade farmers and producers. Through these partnerships, Bewley’s can identify the impact it has on local farms, suppliers, and the communities in which it is involved. Since 2018, Bewley’s has had a relationship with Columbian cooperative Cafecultores de Anserma which is managed by Luis Miguel Garcia. The cooperative has been Fairtrade since 2005 and has invested its Fairtrade Premium in social programmes for its members as well as purchasing with supplies and equipment to improve their productivity and overall coffee quality.

“Through the Fairtrade premium we have strengthened our capacities as a cooperative,” said Luis Miguel Garcia, general manager, Cafecultores de Anserma Cooperative. “We have invested in new machinery and solar panels, to produce a higher quality and more sustainable coffee to be able to improve our members’ income with better prices. Bewley’s has been a phenomenal support to us on this journey. As a cooperative business entity who has had to cope with significant challenges in the marketplace, we greatly admire Bewley’s decision to maintain its 100 percent commitment to Fairtrade.”

To learn more about Bewley’s work in Fairtrade Fortnight, visit



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