Coles, an Australian supermarket chain, confirmed it will now be accepting Fair Farms certification as a way by which fresh produce suppliers can demonstrate compliance with the Coles Ethical Sourcing policy. Fair Farms was developed by Growcom, to provide support and training for horticultural producers.
Fair Farms National Program Manager Thomas Hertel said he was pleased to receive the support of one of Australia’s major retailers. “We are delighted to have Coles on board. Their commitment to collaborate with industry on matters of ethical sourcing policy is great news for businesses in horticulture and their workers,” he said.
“Coles contributed to the original design of the Fair Farms Standard alongside other retailers and stakeholders so it’s great to see the supermarket giant is now joining the group of Australian produce buyers who support the industry-led initiative.”
Coles General Manager Fresh Produce Craig Taylor said the supermarket was proud to give the Fair Farms training and certification program the tick of approval. “Coles is pleased that we can now offer a choice in the path our suppliers follow to become approved under the Coles Ethical Sourcing Program,” he said.
“The Fair Farms program has been designed with input from Australian farmers and retailers and offers local training support to participating farms.” Fair Farms certification is now accepted by the three major retailers in Australia: Coles, Woolworths and Aldi.
For more information look at www.fairfarms.com.au.