Fairtrade certification in the banana hired labour sector

F.C. van Rijn, L.O. Judge, Ricardo Fort, Tinka Koster, Y.R. Waarts, R. Ruben

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Evidence is needed about the difference that certification makes to workers on banana plantations. The Fairtrade system is therefore investing in monitoring to understand the difference certification makes to banana workers’ employment, living and working conditions, and empowerment. This study meets this need by gathering data on a range of indicators. This study 1) gathers baseline data on indicators and themes that monitor the progress of implementation of Fairtrade’s revised hired labour standards on certified plantations in key banana origins; 2) based on this data it researches and analyses the difference that Fairtrade makes across key themes in comparison to non-certified contexts; it prioritises workers’ voices and perspectives in achieving the objectives of the study. It particularly focuses on understanding the role of Fairtrade in supporting worker empowerment and empowerment-related goals. Focus countries are Ghana, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
Number of pages146
ISBN (Print)9789086157129
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameLEI report


  • bananas
  • plantations
  • fair trade
  • certification
  • international trade
  • hired labour
  • working conditions
  • ghana
  • dominican republic
  • colombia


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