Our Fairtrade Promise



Since 2008, through Fairtrade, we are proud to be able to make a positive contribution to over 20,000 small scale cane sugar farmers in developing countries. By choosing to buy Tate & Lyle Fairtrade certified cane sugar, you enable us to help improve the quality of life for whole communities.


Fairtrade Image 1It makes common sense, and indeed good sustainable business sense, for Tate & Lyle Sugars to support the people who farm sugar cane, the raw material on which we depend. Fairtrade is a system that encourages small scale farmers to become an organized social group, improve their environmental and ethical practices and in return they receive financial support (Fairtrade Premium) for their produce.

Under the Fairtrade system, farmers must decide together, democratically, how to spend the Fairtrade Premium and they must demonstrate good financial processes. This sounds a bit dry but in reality it is an incredibly exciting process as farmers vote on how they will improve their livelihoods.  See below for some examples of how the Fairtrade Premium paid by Tate & Lyle Sugars has funded some really life changing projects.

Since our initial commitment in 2008 Tate & Lyle Sugars has supported more farmers’ organisations to become Fairtrade certified. Today we source Fairtrade sugar from over 20,000 small scale cane farmers in 14 different groups in 4 countries.


Fairtrade Image 2Our philosophy is based around making a positive difference and doing business with integrity with all our partners, whilst striving to minimize any negative impacts.

Fairtrade is one of the important commitments that we have made internationally. 

We can do this because you support us; when you buy our Fairtrade cane sugar under the Tate & Lyle brand, or by buying other Fairtrade products like chocolate or ice cream with the Fairtrade mark made with Fairtrade cane sugar, you enable us to pay the Fairtrade Premium to the small scale cane farmers that is making such a difference to their lives.

We hope that you will continue to support Fairtrade by buying our products so that between us we can continue to enable our Fairtrade farmers to receive more Fairtrade Premiums and to help to improve more lives and environments in other countries around the world.


Fairtrade improves the quality of life for whole communities. In little ways... and big ones, too.

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To those of you who's purchase of Tate & Lyle Fairtrade cane sugar is helping provide the investment in faster delivery of the cane to the mill in Belize, which meant 30% more sugar was produced from every ton of cane. This success encouraged the farmers to invest in replanting old fields - which grew an extra 26% more cane than the year before.

Tate & Lyle Sugars has been purchasing sugar from Belize for over 35 years and in February 2008 launched its first Fairtrade sugar, sourced from Belize. This contributed to a dramatic increase in UK Fairtrade sugar sales from $6.5 million in 2007 to about $56.7 million in 2010.  Tate & Lyle Sugars pays a Fairtrade premium of US$60 / MT for Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) to invest in projects that improve their long-term prospects. For more information simply click


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By buying Tate & Lyle Fairtrade cane sugar you are helping the Lambasa Cane Producers Association in Fiji to provide running water and electricity for people living in rural villages on the beautiful Island of Vanua Levu.


Every pack of Tate & Lyle Fairtrade sugar you buy enables small scale cane farmers in developing countries, through the Fairtrade Premium, to choose how to invest in their businesses and communities. For example, the members of the Good Intent Sisters Cooperative in Guyana are now able to replant abandoned cane fields and improve their livelihoods.

With the support of our customers in 2013, Tate & Lyle has been able to help small scale cane farmers in Jamaica to become Fairtrade certified; Groups such as Worthy Park Cane Farmers Association will be able to invest in more sustainable farming techniques and community projects in the months and years to come.