Fervently committed to sustainable farming practices and caring for the communities who work there, Capespan North America sells Fairtrade-certified fruit, as well as fruit certified by Rainforest Alliance.
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade, based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When a product carries the Fairtrade mark, it means the producers and traders have met stringent Fairtrade standards which have been designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade.
Furthermore, the Fairtrade standards ensure that workers are assured a decent quality of life and gain access to prestigious customers in the market. Capespan North America represents Cedar Citrus, a Fairtrade-certified citrus farm in Citrusdal, South Africa.
As an NGO, the Rainforest Alliance aims to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. It verifies carbon offset projects to standards that address greenhouse gas sequestration, biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods.
The Rainforest Alliance's sustainable agriculture programme oversees the certification of farms that produce tropical crops including cocoa, oranges, cut flowers, ferns, and tea. To obtain certification, farms must meet a set of environmental and social standards, including agrochemical reduction, ecosystem conservation, and worker health and safety.