Fairtrade sales increased by 28 percent in 2014, reaching $89 million in sales as a result of more availability of chocolate, coffee and bananas, which grew the most with a 78 percent rise. And, as part of a campaign to thank Sunday morning shoppers for taking the ethical option and supporting farmers in developing nations, All Good Bananas has employed the typically over-enthusiastic services of Guy Williams.
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As a story in Adweek noted recently, “purpose transcends business and product (the what) and delivers on human principles (the why).” A lot of companies tend to tack this purpose on to the marketing department, or make it part of a corporate social responsibility programme. But All Good Organics, as the name implies, has goodness running through its veins and its efforts have been rewarded with a global award as the fairest trader of them all, beating out 27,000 products from 120 countries that carry the Fairtrade mark.
There's a growing movement in food around provenance, as seen by US restaurant chain Chipotle's recent campaigns. And there's a growing, but still unfortunately fairly niche movement in business around ethics, as evidenced by the creation of organisations like The B Team and the real steps being taken by big companies like Puma. All Good Organics has tapped into both of these trends, first with bananas and recently with its drinks range, and co-founder Simon Coley recently put down the crayons at Powershop and, along with Matt Morrison, headed to the jungles of Sierra Leone to see how the kola nut farmers it works with have benefitted.
There's been plenty of action in the produce section recently, with All Good taking a pot shot at the corporate banana with a recent campaign and Oxfam—and the Commerce Commission—questioning Dole's use of the 'Ethical Choice' label. And it all came to a head yesterday after Oxfam released a report showing Dole's apparently dubious labour and environmental practices in the Philippines.
As part of our push to remind you marcomms folk to get your entries in for the 2013 TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards (there's still 15 days left) we're asking some past winners to tell us about their glorious victory, what it meant to the business and why these awards are different. Here's why Simon Coley, design director of Powershop and co-founder of All Good, reckons you should enter.
It's been a massive year for Simon Coley, one of the main men behind both Powershop, which was judged the fastest growing company in New Zealand this year when it was awarded top prize at the Deloitte Fast 50, and All Good Organics, which won the sustainability gong at the TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards. Here's his pick of the 2011 bunch.