In order to understand the impact of third-party certification schemes, our key banana supplier has undertaken a Fairtrade impact study within Colombia and the Dominican Republic. This study, which engaged 26 producer organisations, 32 worker focus groups and conducted over 800 worker surveys, has helped Lidl to understand the impact of the Fairtrade system on incomes for smallholder producers. We will use the findings from this study to enhance the ongoing impact of Fairtrade for the workers and farmers in our supply chain.
WORLD BANANA FORUM
We recognise the need to work with a wider group of stakeholders to effectively advocate for progress in the banana industry. As well as the measures undertaken within our own supply chains, in 2016 we became the first discount retailer to become a member of the World Banana Forum multi-stakeholder initiative (WBF). Through this forum we are advocating for sector-level environmental and social improvements. This includes supporting the sector to achieve living wages, where in collaboration with WBF, the Global Living Wage Coalition and Fairtrade we have supported living wage benchmarks and promoted the strategic use of Fairtrade premiums.