Certified Organic and Fair-Trade
Guayakí only works with farmers who are certified organic through a USDA accredited certification agency, and they must have clear and transparent working conditions in place. Our products are 3rd party certified by CCOF. CCOF maintains one of the most consumer recognized and trusted seals in the organic marketplace.
In 2009, Guayakí became the first Fair Trade Certified yerba mate supplier in the world through IMO’s Social & FairTrade Certification Programme – “Fair for Life”. “Fair for Life” combines strict social and fair trade standards with adaptability to local conditions. The Certification guarantees that human rights are guaranteed at any stage of production, that workers enjoy good and fair working conditions and that smallholder farmers receive a fair share. Fair trade improves the livelihood of thousands of smallholder farmers and workers by providing the means for social community projects and empowerment of people.
Guayakí is also a member of the Fair Trade Federation and guarantees living wages to the artisans who make our gourd and bombillas. Instead of purchasing gourds and bombilla from commercial factories, we employ Argentine artists who work from their home studios so they can spend more time with their families and create truly one of a kind pieces of art. At Guayaki, it’s not just about making a tasty cup of mate, it’s about meaningful work.