Solidaridad

Learn how we work to enact change that matters.

About Us

  • Solidaridad

    Solidaridad is an international civil society organisation with more than 45 years of global experience in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound, and profitable supply chains. Solidaridad works across 12 supply chains and operates through 10 Regional Expertise Centres on 5 continents.

    Ensuring quality of life and a healthy planet for all of us requires continuous effort and mutual cooperation from all involved parties. It also involves creating products and processes along supply chains that will help us transition towards a fully inclusive, sustainable economy.

    There are many values, interests, and agendas at play in this transition. And sometimes they conflict. Yet our experience has shown that by connecting, partnering, and collaborating with all players, it is possible to reconcile social and ecological responsibilities with supply chain and market realities

    To do that Solidaridad pioneers innovative certification schemes, establish producer education programmes, support good business practices, shape national and international policy, create new market linkages, build knowledge-based commodity solutions, and more.

    Investing in structural change – like safeguarding food security, strengthening acceptable labour conditions and a living wage, creating infrastructures for responsible mining, and facilitating access to investment – is the only way to sustain positive impact on the health and livelihoods of people and the planet not just for today, but well into the future.

  • Mission

    We bring together supply chain actors and engage them in innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all.

    Vision

    We envision a world in which all we produce, and all we consume, can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations.

     

Organisation

  • Fully realised in 2014, the new Solidaridad organisational structure has been designed to maximise international development cooperation, capacity, transparency, accountability, performance, and impact.

    This allows us to develop and implement international and regional policy and programmes in the most effective way possible. We operate under a common vision and mission, and are fully aligned around consistent and comprehensive international commodity strategies.

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History

  • 2013

    In aquaculture, Solidaridad co-pioneered another knowledge-based software solution — ‘The Seafood Trade and Intelligence Portal’ (STIP) — which helps connect seafood producers and processors in South Asia with EU and US markets.

  • 2013

    Solidaridad Network announced its first official world-wide ‘grouped’ results: 571,769 farmers supported, 179,169 workers supported and 5,420 miners with a total of 1,073,280 hectares under sustainable management worldwide. Since 2010, Solidaridad has been working with more than 145 businesses world wide, in cooperation with other stakeholders, to achieve change that matters.

  • 2012

    Solidaridad North America was created to develop partnerships with Canadian and American companies for supply chain and market development projects.

  • 2012

    Solidaridad co-pioneers Rural Horizons, a knowledge-based software solution to help farmers improve production and gain access to new markets.

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  • 2010

    After 34 years, ecumenical cooperation with churches came to an end and the Solidaridad Network is founded. This shift meant a new legal structure that works with shared policy and management responsibilities and global governance by a network Board of Directors. Local cooperation with ecumenical partners continues to date. 

  • 2007

    Solidaridad began a gradual change from a Dutch development organisation into a global network by decentralising programme implementation into 6 Regional Expertise Centres (since 2012, there have been 10 RECs).

  • 2006

    Solidaridad co-founded and became an active member of supply chain round tables for policy development and cooperation. Through these efforts, Solidaridad supports mainstream, business-driven initiatives that strive to include all stakeholders. Solidaridad currently participates in the following round tables: soy (RTRS), palm oil (RSPO), sugarcane (Bonsucro), and cotton (BCI).

  • 2004

    Solidaridad establishes the Made-By Foundation, an alliance of more than 30 fashion brands committed to more sustainable production. The spread of the Made-By concept was particularly successful in the UK and the Netherlands, especially the innovative ‘score card’ developed to assess the sustainability performance of brands.

  • 2002

    Solidaridad co-founded the Utz Kapeh Foundation, now UTZ Certified, a CSR label for sustainable coffee, tea, and cocoa brands. As certification moves from niche to norm, Solidaridad offers farmer support for certification using a variety of labels, including Organic, Fair Trade, UTZ Certified, and Rainforest Alliance.

  • 2001

    Solidaridad established Kuyichi, the first sustainable, high-end fashion company in Europe.

  • 1996

    Solidaridad established the first fresh fruit company, AgroFair, co-owned by banana producers from Africa and Latin America. This led to the successful introduction of Fair Trade OKE and organic EKO OKE bananas into the European market.

  • 1991

    Solidaridad co-founded a network organisation for Fair Trade initiatives in Europe, culminating in the establishment of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO). This helped to further spread Fair Trade labelling across Europe and the world.

  • 1988

    Solidaridad founded the Max Havelaar Foundation and launched of the first Fair Trade label for sustainable coffee. The successful launch of Fair Trade coffee within The Netherlands helped spark the global Fair Trade movement.

  • 1984

    Nico Roozen joined Solidaridad (later becomes Director in 1989) and the organisation began a national campaign for sustainable coffee that generates broad support throughout Dutch society.

  • 1976

    Protestant churches joined Solidaridad to constitute a unique, formal ecumenical organisation known as the Solidaridad Foundation. This resulted in ecumenical cooperation in support of grassroot movements in Latin America in and outside of the churches.

  • 1969

    Solidaridad was established by Catholic bishops in The Netherlands through an Advent campaign to provide development aid to Latin America. This resulted in the commitment of Dutch Catholic parishes for development cooperation.