In addition to our organic range, we market an ever-increasing assortment of Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified products. These international organizations are committed to empowering producers in the developing world to address the needs of their communities, while safeguarding the environment.
Rainforest Alliance Certification
Rainforest Alliance (RFA) began certifying agriculture products in 1992. Its system is built on the three pillars of sustainability: environmental protection, social equity, and economic viability.
Oppy markets Rainforest Alliance certified Brazilian grapes (October through December), Peruvian grapes (December to February), Chilean grapes (February to May). Meet Pablo Bozzo Pettinelli, grower of Rainforest Alliance grapes in Chile’s Aconcagua Valley.
Fair Trade Certification
Fair Trade certification allows consumers to identify products that meet agreed environmental, labor and developmental standards. Oppy’s Fair Trade Certified pepper growers, for instance, must adhere to practices that include providing family support and health coverage to their workers, as well as a child-free work environment.
Oppy began marketing Fair Trade certified organic and conventional sweet bell peppers from Divemex when they achieved certification in early 2011. The peppers are available October through May. Premiums achieved on their sales are channeled directly to scholarships for workers’ children, and continuing education for adults.
Fair For Life Certification
Oppy became Fair For Life-Social & Fair Trade certified in 2016. Fair For Life examines the entire supply chain, ensuring that certified products are handled exclusively by companies that demonstrate ethical working conditions from farm to final delivery. It’s another opportunity for us to support producers and service providers who share our values while offering our customers meaningful differentiation.
In cooperation with all Oppy growers, we exclude the following from our supply chain:
- fruits and vegetables grown from genetically modified seeds
- products exposed to genetically modified materials during the growing process
- packaging made with genetically modified materials