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With 162 liters per capita, coffee consumption in Germany is high. However, small farmers who produce most of the world's coffee often do not benefit from it. Fair trade aims to improve people's living conditions at the beginning of the supply chain and prevent exploitation and environmental degradation.

Therefore, the Forum Fairer Handel (Naturland beeing one of  its eight members) and TransFair welcome the initiative of Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller to exempt fair coffee from the coffee tax. The idea of promoting fair coffee consumption through tax incentives is not new. However, it gained political relevance in early April 2018 through an initiative by German Development Minister Gerd Müller.
On June 26th, Forum Fairer Handel and TransFair e.V. held a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges of an exemption of the coffee tax on fair trade coffee. How its implementation could be achieved, was discussed by Prof. Dr. Bachmann (Council for Sustainable Development), Albert Darboven (J. J. Darboven GmbH & Co. KG), Johannes Grün (Brot für die Welt) with the organizers in the Embassy of the Republic of Colombia.
Prof. Dr. Bachmann of the German Council for Sustainable Development stated: "Taxing fair trade coffee does not support the aspirations of the global sustainability goals and sustainable consumption in the industrialized countries". Regarding the implementation of a tax relief for fair trade coffee, the organizers have formulated concrete demands. The aim is to only exempt companies that commit themselves to maintaining high social standards, such as the payment of defined fair prices, prefinancing and external auditing.