What We Certify


When you choose Fairtrade flowers, tens of thousands of flower workers benefit from higher pay and better working conditions.

Agnes Chebii
Agnes Chebii, Chairperson of Gender Comitee at Karen Roses

The women in our community have understood that they can do anything that men do. Look at me: I used to be a simple flower worker. Today, I am well-educated and work in a leading position.


All about Flowers

While many millions of cut flowers sold in Canada are grown in resource-heavy greenhouses across the country, we also depend on imported flowers from Africa or South America.

However, not all flower-producing countries have the same health and safety rules or minimum wage levels that Canada has. In addition, the environmental track record of many flower growing operations is very poor, with workers routinely exposed to harmful levels of pesticides and other chemicals that are banned in Canada. Long days of labour in extreme heat, all for very little pay and unreliable employment, are common in the flower sector.

How Fairtrade Works

Unlike many other Fairtrade commodities, there is no Minimum Price for flowers. Instead, the Fairtrade Premium is set higher and goes directly to flower workers. They often use the Fairtrade Premium to provide education, credit, and healthcare services for workers and their families, and to improve housing conditions.

Workers on Fairtrade flower farms have formal contracts and must be provided with protective equipment when spraying chemicals, though the Fairtrade Standards prohibit the use of hazardous pesticides. As of 2017, the Standards also implemented a base wage requirement that has seen many workers receive higher wages. In Tanzania, for example, incomes are now 30% above the national minimum wage.

The Fairtrade Impact

Working with Fairtrade makes a direct difference in the lives and communities of the people that produce the products we love. Hear it from the farmers and workers themselves.