Solidaridad is an international civil society organization 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 offices on 5 continents.
Ensuring quality of life and a healthy planet for all of us requires continuous effort and mutual cooperation from all parties involved. It also means 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, establishes producer education programmes, supports good business practices, shapes national and international policy, creates new market linkages, builds 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.
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.
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.
Fully realised in 2014, the new Solidaridad organizational structure has been designed to maximize 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.
Unilever and Solidaridad announced a new strategic partnership to improve the lives of 1 million people in Unilever’s extended supply chains. The partnership focuses on promoting gender equity, improving agricultural and labour practices as well as supporting young agricultural entrepreneurs and land management.
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.
Solidaridad co-pioneers Rural Horizons, a knowledge-based software solution to help farmers improve production and gain access to new markets.
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.
Solidaridad began a gradual change from a Dutch development organisation into a global network by decentralising programme implementation into 6 regional offices (since 2012, there have been 10 regional offices).
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).
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.
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.
Solidaridad established Kuyichi, the first sustainable, high-end fashion company in Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Developing mutually beneficial partnerships is perhaps the single most important aspect of our work in reconciling social and ecological responsibility with market and supply chain realities.
As such, we partner with hundreds of players of all shapes, forms, and sizes from across global supply chains — from local producers and associations, supply chain service and input providers, to governments, civil society, policy and decision-makers, CSR leaders, leading global brands, and consumers.