Max Havelaar Foundation

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The Max Havelaar Foundation (Switzerland) was established in 1992 by the six largest Swiss aid organizations: Brot für alle, Caritas, Fastenopfer, HEKS, Helvetas and Swissaid. It is a not-for-profit organization and has been self-supporting since 2001.

"The objective of the foundation was to take up the work of the pioneers of fair trade and shift fair trade products from a niche into a mainstream retail market. The first product was coffee, followed by honey, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, orange juice, flowers, rice, pineapples, mangoes, avocadoes, dried fruit, nuts and cotton. Today the range extends from 60 different coffee blends, babygros and cotton buds through iced tea and chocolate bars to fruit juice, jam and cola baers. As well as in retail outlets, fair trade products are also increasingly available in restaurants, cafes, gas stations and florists." [1]


Accessed March 2008: [2]



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  1. Foundation, Max Havelaar , accessed March 12, 2008.
  2. Foundation, Max Havelaar , accessed March 12, 2008.