As an importer and distributor of certified organic foods, Ciranda is naturally dedicated to ecological and environmental safety and sustainable food production. But we take our commitment a step further. How? By considering the role of people – and economic fairness – in our global vision of sustainability.
Most of Ciranda’s ingredients come from the developing world. Our frequent visits to farmers and manufacturing facilities in regions throughout the world allow us to observe living and working conditions firsthand, and identify ways to improve peoples’ lives. Ongoing social engagement with our growers and manufacturers is one way we promote ethical treatment of workers and improve standards in our industry.
The terms ‘fair trade’ and ‘social responsibility’ are generally understood among industry certifiers. All agree that farmers and workers must earn a living wage and have opportunities to consistently improve their social or ecological environment.
This translates into paying fair minimum prices for their commodities and paying premiums for their fair trade lots via the exporter or manufacturer. It means engaging in social projects to improve schooling, literacy, healthcare, and access to clean drinking water. It also requires a commitment to improving the natural habitat, including improving forest diversity and keeping rivers clean.
Ciranda’s products are available with fair trade certification, licensed and audited by the following Fair Trade certification programs:
Fair Trade USA
Cocoa, chocolate, honey, agave syrup, and select coconut products
Fair Trade America (FLO)
Cocoa, chocolate, honey and agave syrup
FLO ID: 3024
Instituto BioDinamico IBD Fair Trade Ecosocial, Brazil
Palm oils and honey
BioAgriCert - OperAequa Fair Trade Eco Social, Italy
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
Identity Preserved: RSPO-1106158
Ciranda participates in organizations such as the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which brings all major palm oil growers, manufacturers and users together to develop standards and certifications to help maintain and improve the tropical rainforest.
We are members of, and have signed the Declaration of Sustainability with the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA).
Finally, we operate our offices with sustainablility in mind by replacing an energy-intensive lawn with a prairie garden, creating a rainwater catchment system, installing solar panels to produce a portion of our electrical needs, using only energy efficient lighting systems and low-flush toilets, and providing a home to two beehives which pollinate the gardens surrounding our offices.