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Lidl is committed to sourcing high quality fresh meat, poultry, fruit and veg from British farms. We work closely with Red Tractor to ensure that our British meat, poultry, fruit and veg is responsibly sourced to strict food hygiene, animal welfare and environmental standards, with every pack traceable to the farm of origin. This guarantees our customers a fresh, locally sourced, high quality range of meat and poultry at excellent value.
UTZ Certified is a sustainability programme for cocoa, coffee and tea. It provides education in good farming practices and shows farmers how they can produce cocoa more professionally, effectively, productively and sustainably.
Additionally, farmers are also educated in business management, health and safety maintenance and environmental management. The aim of the programme is to enable farmers to ask for a better price for a better product. To succeed in sustainable cocoa farming, the smallholders commit themselves to upholding the UTZ Certified Code of Conduct.
The RSPCA Assured label makes it easy to recognise products from animals that have had a better life, so you can feel good about your choice when shopping and eating out.
If there’s an RSPCA Assured label on the packaging of the eggs, fish and meat that you buy you know the farms – and everyone else involved in the animals’ lives – have been assessed and meet RSPCA animal welfare standards.
Fairtrade’s goal is the social and economic development of disadvantaged communities in developing countries through terms of trade. In 59 countries over 7 million people – farmers, plantation workers and their families – benefit from Fairtrade practices. By supplying to the Fairtrade market the producers gain stability and earn money for a better standard of living, education and medical care.
The Fairtrade mark is an independent consumer label that appears on products as a guarantee that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal. For a product to display the Fairtrade mark it must meet international Fairtrade standards. The producer organisation receives a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production and an extra premium that is invested in social or economic development projects.
The Marine Stewardship Council, or MSC, is an independent, global non-profit organisation that was formed in 1997 to find a solution to the problem of overfishing. Many oceans are so heavily overfished that the fish reserves are depleting rapidly throughout the world. This damages the marine ecosystem as well as the world fishing industry.
The MSC has developed a global environmental standard according to which worldwide fisheries can be evaluated. If they meet the criteria for this standard, they are allowed to use the blue MSC seal on their products.
The MSC seal is a guarantee that fish used in a particular product has been caught in accordance with environmental fishing standards.
The Rainforest Alliance ‘green frog’ certification seal indicates that a farm, forest or tourism enterprise has been audited to standards that require environmental, social or economic sustainability. The standards are built on the following principles of sustainable farming:
- Biodiversity conservation
- Improved livelihoods and human well-being
- Natural resource conservation
- Effective planning and farm management systems