That’s the bad news, but there is good news too, a massive public reaction that has seen 250,000 signatures collected.
MPs have spoken out too, with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fairtrade condemning this decision strongly, after grilling Nestlé representatives in Parliament.
Nestle have not been shamed into reversing their decision but say they will maintain some Fairtrade values in their purchasing. The Fairtrade Foundation comments:
This is first and foremost a worrying moment for those farmers affected by Nestlé’s decision.
But the public reaction we’ve seen shows so many of us want a world with a different – fairer – balance of power.
We want a world where the farmers and workers in the Global South have the power, rights and resources to shape their own future.