The House of Mandela is committed to a positive and passionate contribution to society. As a company we have a great respect for the environment and all of our wines are produced in the world’s most beautiful, biodiverse winelands in an environmentally sensitive and ethically responsible manner. A portion of our profits will be donated to the House of Mandela Family Foundation (HoMFF) as well as the Africa Rising Foundation.
The HoMFF will seek to improve the lives of Africa’s poverty stricken communities through, working with development organizations and charities in the Education, Health, Agriculture and Alternative Energy Sectors as well as sponsor a selected number of students to study wine making and viticulture, thereby opening the industry to other ethnic groups.
In line with our values outlined above and through our two producers Citrusdal Wines and DuToitskloof, we have produced three fair trade ranges: Vusani Series, Thembu Collection and Deep River. Fair trade is an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better working and trading conditions as well as promote sustainability. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers and gold.
In addition to strict social and environmental standards, unique to Fairtrade is the Fairtrade Development Premium (FDP). It is an empowerment tool used to achieve equality and sustainability in the agricultural sector. The FDP further embodies the principles of empowerment that are at the core of the Fairtrade movement.
The FDP is a sum of money paid by traders in addition to their Fairtrade purchase. It is received and utilised by the end-beneficiaries of Fairtrade; the smallholder member farmers in the case of a co-operative (e.g. in coffee or rooibos), or farm workers in the case of a commercial farm (e.g. in wine). It is these beneficiaries who democratically decide how to spend the FDP based on the unique needs of their own community.
Fairtrade Development Premiums are a strong development tool as it empowers community members to invest in social and economic projects to improve their own living standards. From education to woman’s breakfast and micro-lending to soccer fields, the FDP has and will continue to help transform farming communities across South Africa.
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