Statutes (En)

Rüegg’s Fairfood
Rüegg’s Fairfood should be regarded as a mark for fair traded and ecologically harmless food. The standards are constantly being adapted and improved. Controls are only carried out by specially trained personnel and according to strict guidelines. All information is collected and archived at the headquarters in Switzerland and published on the website.


support programs


Social: strengthening of small farmers and their workers

Organization in democratic communities (with cooperatives)
Regulated working conditions
minimum wages
accident prevention
Accident insurance and voluntary health insurance
Prohibition of exploitative child labor
prohibition of discrimination

Ecological: Environmental protection: natural and personal

Compliance with organic regulations
Environmentally friendly cultivation
Protection of natural resources (preservation of the jungle)
Ecological processing of food
Prohibition of any pesticides
No genetically modified seeds
Create ecological dynamics

Economical: Demand to dealers and manufacturers

Payment from Fairfood minimum price
Regulation of the flow of goods and money
Use of the Fairfood label


Farms and cooperatives

small farmers
Small farmers are farmers who make the coffee harvest without the help of large machines. This excludes further processing. Small farmers are also farmers, who hire auxiliary workers only for harvest purposes, but otherwise manage the farm family.

Alliances of small farmers who have democratically elected a chairman.

Employees on farms
Employees are all workers who are more than

Stay on the farm for 1 hour a day and do physical labor.


Regulated working hours
Working hours must be regulated and may only be carried out in daylight (+ – 6: 00-20: 00)
One free day per week must be guaranteed

accident prevention
Workers must be alerted to accident hazards
In case of accidents, the farm owner must contribute to the recovery of the worker (hospital trips, etc)

prohibition of discrimination
Minorities are to be accepted
Women and men are equal

Child labor
As child labor is considered a working time on school days and Sundays and holidays. In addition, the Saturday and holiday work may not exceed 6 hours a day.
Childhood is considered to be over at the end of high school.

Organic regulations
The customary organic regulations must be adhered to and exceeded
The products in the country of cultivation must be grown without pesticides and other aids.
Genetically unchanged plants must be planted.

Environmentally friendly cultivation
Special support is given to farmers and cooperations, who prefer the extremely ecological cultivation. Larger trees, innovative ecological developments, etc.

Primeval forest (jungle) is called a piece of woodland, provided that it has a forest cover of more than 70% (at least 1 tree per 5 square meters)
A forest is called a forest, which consists of at least 60% of over 30 year old trees and plants.
Forest stands that were reforested at least 30 years ago are considered primeval forest. The forest stock must be left or enlarged.
Bird and insect stocks are counted, which must have at least a variety of 4. (At least 4 different bird species as well as 4 different insect species have to be counted in 60min)

Ecological dynamics
The best ecological developments are being attempted to pass on the entire coffee farmer co-operation.
Training in eco-specific questions is provided
Alliances are closed to strengthen the market presence
The transport from the cultivation land to the consumer country must be designed as ecologically as possible.
The final product must be packed in ecologically harmless packaging


Fairprice policy
The fair price for farmers must also be passed on to the workers
Innovative projects can apply for a microcredit on better terms than a bank
Maturities between 1-10 years
Interest rates of 4%
Environmental projects are financially supported
School and funding projects are supported

Inspections are carried out by trained employees in the growing countries. A control protocol according to template 10 is filled in. Improvement suggestions are drafted and submitted. Inspections take place at least once a year. Dealers in Switzerland can identify themselves with the logo (9.) and call attention to the strict controls Retailers will be informed on the website rueeggs- made known. Dealers are mentioned for promotional purposes and image films. Commitments Cultivation Cooperations and Smallholders are committed to upholding standards and treating employees with respect and decency. Minimum wages have to be paid according to the country. In addition, attention must be paid to the life and limb and meals of the employees. Resellers are obliged to choose ecologically safe packaging that is at least 50% recyclable. Funding programs Support programs for further training of farmers are organized Support programs for local schools are realized Special training is provided (women’s rights / children’s rights / workers‘ rights / etc.) Environmental training is offered Experts are involved Transparency All information is published on the website without names and specific locations Price recommendation Prices are generally not given, the price will be calculated as follows:

London / New York Stock Exchange Price + Organic Contribution + Fair Food Premium Contribution

FOB Coffee Arabica Organic

+ 0.30 US Dollar Fairfood

+ 0.64 US Dollar