Zaytoun’s purchasing policy is that all our goods are bought on a fair trade basis. We work with organisations that are committed to this ethos; we have visited all of them many times over the years and are proud to be working with them.
We source olive oil through all of these suppliers and are developing markets in the UK for their other products including: Olive oil soap from Nablus, almonds and za’atar from Jenin and dates and cous cous from cooperatives near Jericho.
Zaytoun’s policy is that as far as possible all value added activities for these products are kept within the Palestinian economy. To this end both the bottling, printing & labelling is done in Palestine. We’re also actively working to source all our packaging materials through Palestinian suppliers.
CANAAN FAIR TRADE
www.canaanfairtrade.com is based in Jenin and committed to fair trade and sustainable farming practices. They work directly with rural communities in Palestine to bring their traditional products and crafts to the international community. They are certified by the Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA), with which we implement education programming on fair trade for the producing communities.
We are proud to announce that Zaytoun will launch the first ever Fairtrade Certified product from Palestine, through our supplier Canaan during Fairtrade Fortnight 2009. Click here for details.
THE PALESTINIAN AGRICULTURAL RELIEF COMMITTEES
www.palestinianfairtrade.ps is a leading Palestinian NGO working in the field of rural development, environmental protection, and women’s empowerment. Their Fair Trade Department aims at organising the efforts of agricultural cooperatives for farmers to improve their social and economic situation through developing their production capacity and improving the quality of their products. The overall objective is that farmers obtain fair prices for their products; prices which ensure a decent life for them
THE PALESTINIAN OLIVE TREE ASSOCIATION
Al Zaytouna is a non-profit organisation which represents 14 cooperatives, 6 of which are organic, with a total of 1,700 olive oil producers.
UNION OF AGRICULTURAL WORK COMMITTEES
www.uawc.net is a non-profit organisation established in 1986 in order to protect land from being expropriated by the Government of Israel, and to improve the performance and professionalism of Palestinian farmers. The Union also aims to help Palestinian farmers market their produce and provides agricultural employment opportunities through a framework of cooperation with domestic, Arab, and international agricultural development institutions.
www.sindyanna.com is women’s organisation which strives for social change. The company combines commercial activity with community work, thus, enhancing Palestinian women’s empowerment while developing the olive sector. Sindyanna stress such values as land preservation, environmental concerns, and commerce on the principle of Fair Trade. They practice a unique cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis, striving to strengthen the economy of the Palestinian population both in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. They aim to show that solutions for the Middle East conflict start from creating real economic opportunities.
www.projecthope.ps is an on-the-ground initiative administered and operated by Palestinians working with a small group of internationals to help bring healing, fun and learning to young Palestinians (ages 10 to 16). Based in the traditional soap-making centre of Nablus, your purchase of olive oil soap helps support their projects.
For more information on fair trade please see: www.zaytoun.org/home/project-partners/fair-trade