Coco Zumi works with Fair Trade certified producers of products derived from coconuts and bananas. Among many other products, FairTSA Fair Trade coconut water is produced for Zumi Natural Limited. Located in the Philippines, our producer buys coconuts from many small farmers from the surrounding villages and towns, who grow the coconuts for the coconut water and coconut oil mainly in an agroforestry setting as pictured left.
Agroforestry, Fair Price & Social Premium
In agroforestry the crops (here bananas and coconuts) are grown amongst the natural tropical vegetation, and it is one of the most environmentally friendly agricultural production systems in existence. Once harvested, the coconuts are brought to the producer processing facility, and the coconut water with its many health benefits is packed in aseptic containers right in the country of origin. The small farmers are paid a fair price for the coconuts they supply, and a community development project, paid for by the social premium companies such as Zumi Natural Limited pay to the farmers, is planned by the producer community. Such a project is part of every FairTSA certified Fair Trade operation.
Every year, an inspector visits the small farms and the processing facility and checks if the organic and fair trade requirements for the small farmers and the workers in the processing facility are met. He/she evaluates if the fair price has been paid, if the community development project is progressing according to plan, and other topics such as occupational health and safety and fair wages. Then the inspector sends the report to the certification agency, where the report is checked for compliance with the FairTSA Fair Trade standard by the certification reviewer, and when everything is in good order the Fair Trade certificate is issued.