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Alland & Robert obtains first-ever fair-trade certification for acacia gum
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1 November 2023

Alland & Robert obtains first-ever fair-trade certification for acacia gum

Alland & Robert advocates for ethical supply chains. The company introduces fair-trade certified gum acacia, a reflection of its strong commitment towards the local communities linked to gum acacia. Both the Seyal and Senegal qualities of acacia gum manufactured by Alland & Robert are available as Fair For Life-certified. This is the first time that such a certification has been obtained in the gum acacia industry, thanks to the unique commitment of Alland & Robert towards sustainability and ethics.

"This certification is the result of our ambitious corporate and social responsibility policy. To us, this is the recognition of our long-term efforts towards a gum acacia supply chain that is beneficial to all parties involved," said Violaine Fauvarque, sustainability manager at Alland & Robert. "Fair trade promotes healthy and beneficial trade for people and the Earth. Participating in this collective effort makes us particularly proud.” Products displaying the FFL label are guaranteed to come from environmentally friendly processes practised by fairly paid farmers, from a transparent and traceable supply chain.
"As the leading expert of acacia gum worldwide, we have a responsibility to our stakeholders. Our commitment to fair relations and sustainable products has been part of this company and its values since our beginnings," Charles Alland, CEO of Alland & Robert, explained. "This certification embodies our unique work towards the local communities, and it strengthens our lasting relationships with our suppliers in the Sahel. We are extremely proud to be the first to achieve this certification, as we know it will meet the consumers’ demand for ethics, traceability, and transparency ". This certification comes in addition to several other initiatives of Alland & Robert for an ethical and sustainable supply chain, such as being a member of the SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) since 2009, committing to the We-Use-Wild pledge from NGO Traffic and launching a reforestation initiative in partnership with NGO Tree Aid. Fair For Life certification, an international standard for Fair Trade and responsible supply chains Fair for Life promotes an approach of Fair Trade that allows producers and harvesters to take charge of their destinies through the recognition of their work. The Fair For Life certification is also a guarantee of strict economic, social and environmental standards, set by the Ecocert group. Particularly demanding, the Fair for Life label guarantees: > A fair purchase price higher than market prices > Purchase commitments over 3 years minimum > A protection mechanism for producers in the event of a crisis > Decent and safe working conditions throughout the sector > Strengthening the autonomy of producers > Environmentally friendly agricultural practices Alland & Robert at FI Europe 2023 Created in 1884, Alland & Robert is a French family company and pioneer in natural tree exudates. With a strong focus on acacia gum, an entirely natural additive and ingredient, Alland & Robert exports to over 70 countries through a network of 40 distributors. Alland & Robert will be present at Food Ingredients Europe 2023, in hall 3.0, booth C220.
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