Our long time German member GEPA - The Fair Trade Company won the German Most Sustainability Award 2014 and one of the three finalists for most Sustainable Small Businesses. This year the competition included a total of 550 nominated companies. Among them were international corporations, DAX companies and traditional businesses. Since 2008, this prize is given by the Foundation German Sustainability Award (Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis) in cooperation with the German Federal Government, the Council for Sustainable Development, municipal associations, business associations, civil society organizations and research institutions.
A world class Fair Trade organisation, GEPA has long-term business relationship with over 190 cooperatives, marketing organisations, and private enterprises in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Fair Trade is their mission, and works only under Fair Trade principles and transparency with their partners. The prize is a new addition to the accomplishments and achievements of GEPA.
Robin Roth – Manager of the Partners, Products and Marketing section – received the prize on behalf of the GEPA team. During his speech, he thanked those committed to the Fair Trade movement: “I dedicate these awards to everyone who has supported us in almost forty years through their commitment to Fair Trade. Without the consumers, world shops, retail customers, shareholders, colleagues in the national and international networks and trading partners in the South, this success would not have been possible.”
During the ceremony, the jury also praised GEPA’s "consistent and decade long pursue to position their brand, their dedicated holistic approach to brand management and the excellent effect and reception of the GEPA brand compared to the company’s size."
GEPA has established itself as a successful business on the basis of 39 years of transparency, credibility and commitment to Fair Trade, being the biggest European Fair Trade organisation.
Read the news here (in German).