Yeo Valley, the UK's biggest organic brand, has become the latest addition to the Soil Association's Ethical Trade scheme.
This means that all the milk used for Yeo Valley products - yoghurt, butter, cheese and milk - is now certified to Soil Association Ethical Trade standards and all products will have the Ethical Trade symbol on the packaging - showing they have gone the extra mile.
Soil Association Ethical Trade standards are an added extra to the Soil Association's existing organic standards. The standards were launched in 2008 following long standing calls to create a 'fair trading' scheme for organic farmers, in both the UK and abroad.
Sarah Compson, Soil Association Ethical Trade project manager, said: "One of the Soil Association's driving aims is to ensure that good food is available to everyone in society. For us good food is not just organically grown, minimally processed, fresh and seasonal, but it is also produced fairly - fairness being one of the four principles of organic agriculture as outlined by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements."
It's great to see another organic business showing their ethical commitment as there is clearly an appetite for fairer trading. The Co-operative's latest Ethical Consumerism report sows that sales of Fairtrade Food increased by 36% in 2011 and overall spend on ethical food and drink was up 5%.
Find out more about the scheme on www.soilassociation.org/ethicaltrade.