Fairtrade

Fair Trade

Welcome to our Fair Trade Blog Section.

The Fairtrade Foundation was set up to help producers in poorer countries get a fair price for their work. So when you buy something with a Fairtrade logo on it, you know that a fair amount of the money is going towards helping the community where it came from. This extra money is usually put into things that can help the local community – like bicycles to help workers travel to work or new wells to provide water.

Fairtrade is a simple yet incredibly important idea – it’s all about giving the people who produce the things you buy a fair price for their work.This may seem obvious, but lots of people in poorer countries have to sell their goods at prices so low that they can’t make a decent living.

Often, only a tiny bit of the money you pay for something goes to the person who actually made it! This happens a lot when we import things from poorer countries. Did you know that nearly half the people in the world live on less that £2 a day?

There are many everyday foods and products that you can buy with Fairtrade. All are easily identifiable with a special Fairtrade sticker..

Below is the latest news and information blogs about Fair Trade.

Have Fairtrade funds in Kenya been used well?

By PAUL REDFERNMore by this Author Questions have been raised about the management of an important Fairtrade Africa project in Kenya after an audit by a Nairobi-based firm. The issue was highlighted in the British newspaper Guardian, which said it had received a copy of the secret audit on the project by Clyde & Associates who were commissioned by the flower company Oserian to investigate possible misappropriation of funds. The investigators are reported to have looked into a raft of…

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Something for everyone at Clitheroe Fairtrade market

Published: 11:31 Tuesday 21 November 2017 Clitheroe Fairtrade Group is hosting its annual Fairtrade market at The Grand in Clitheroe this Saturday. This annual pre-Christmas event has proved to be very popular in the town with people of all ages by offering something for everyone. Clitheroe’s The Grand. At the market, there will be stalls selling a selection of Fairtrade certified foods, together with fairly-traded handcrafted gifts, decorations, cards, jewellery and accessories, all produced in the developing world. This…

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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Swindon’s ethical firms

Swindon’s ethical organisations – large and small – are being invited to enter the annual South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise the contribution that businesses, organisations and institutes in the region make in support of Fairtrade by buying certified Fairtrade products for the workplace and raising awareness of ethical trade issues amongst their staff, customers and peers. The awards are free to enter and will culminate in a high-profile ceremony in March next…

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Camborne School of Mines pioneers ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically, sustainably resourced raw materials

VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – A team of researchers at the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines, based in Cornwall, the UK, are pioneering the development of a ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically and sustainably resourcing raw materials that are crucial in the manufacturing of next generation technologies. The research highlights ethical sourcing of materials for modern technology, and has identified methods to predict the environmental and social cost of resourcing new deposits of rare earth minerals used in the production of…

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Fairtrade triumph for area celebrated – The Galloway Gazette

Published: 08:09 Friday 10 November 2017 The award of coveted Fairtrade Zone status to Dumfries and Galloway was this week being hailed as a huge success for the area. The granting of the internationally-recognised and respected designation comes after a decade of effort and is being celebrated by South of Scotland MSP Colin Smyth, Chairperson of the Dumfries and Galloway Regional Fairtrade Steering Group. He has now tabled a motion of congratulations to that group and others in the area…

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Fairtrade launches ‘The Cleanest Uniform in Australia’ campaign via Y&R Melbourne

Schools around Australia are being urged to switch to Fairtrade cotton uniforms, in a new campaign, developed by Y&R Melbourne, aimed at ensuring kids around the world get the opportunities they deserve. The Cleanest Uniform in Australia campaign has been launched by Fairtrade Australia this week, and will see uniforms sent directly to school principals and P&C members across the country asking them to stop and consider the impact of the school uniforms they buy.  It is supported by social…

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Godalming activists protest against Fairtrade label switch on Sainsbury’s teas as online petition gains 130k signatures

Godalming campaigners protested Sainsbury’s decision to replace the Fairtrade Foundation scheme with its own initiative for some of its teas. Activists met outside the super market chain’s super store in Godalming on Saturday (October 28) morning to “raise awareness” of the change. Sainsbury’s will replace the Fairtrade mark, belonging to the Fairtrade Foundation, with its own pilot scheme: Fairly Traded. Online petitions urging the supermarket giant to abandon the switch have gained more than 130,000 signatures. Read More Store openings…

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Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum marks its 10th birthday – Latest Suffolk and Essex News

PUBLISHED: 11:53 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:53 01 November 2017 Katy Sandalls Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum turns 10. Picture: SU ANDERSON The Felixstowe Forum is celebrating its 10th birthday next week with a series of events. Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. The Forum will mark the anniversary with a week long exhibition at Felixstowe Library beginning on November 6. On the same day a Fairtrade walk will…

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Fairtrade accused of failing to deliver benefits to African farmworkers | Global development

Sales of Fairtrade-certified products from Uganda and Ethiopia are not benefiting poor farmworkers as profits fail to trickle down to much of the workforce, says a groundbreaking study. The Fairtrade Foundation is committed to “better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world”. But a UK government-sponsored study, which investigated the production of flowers, coffee and tea in Ethiopia and Uganda, found that “where Fairtrade flowers were grown, and…

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Day of action in Fairtrade campaign

Fairtrade campaigners gathered support from shoppers in a day of action in Goring. Seven members of Worthing Fairtrade Steering Group were at Sainsbury’s Local on Saturday to talk to shoppers about the store’s new Fairly Traded tea. The group has already expressed its disappointment at the removal of the Fairtrade Mark on the new tea in the main store at Lyons Farm. The day of action, which continued the campaign, was part of the national Don’t Ditch Fairtrade campaign led…

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Sainsbury’s accused of ‘heavy-handedness’ after threatening Christian Fairtrade campaigners with police action

Christian campaigners in Salford are accusing supermarket giant Sainsbury’s of heavy-handedness after they were threatened with police action unless they moved on. The seven protesters, who included three clergy, picketed the Salford branch of Sainsbury’s on Saturday as part of a campaign against the chain’s pilot of a replacement of the Fairtrade mark on its tea with its own ‘Fairly traded’ brand. Fairtrade campaigners were told to leave Sainsbury’s in Salford or the police would be called. One of them,…

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Fairtrade group committed to see the area recognised for its support

The Burgess Hill Fairtrade group says it is determined to see the Mid Sussex area recognised for following Fairtrade principles. It comes after West Sussex has been commended for its ongoing commitment to support the fight against poverty, climate change and global economic crises. The World Fairtrade Organisation stands up for small and disadvantaged producers living across the world. Its aim is to ensure livelihoods are sustainable to those providing the essential ingredients for many products shoppers see on supermarket…

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Fairtrade county status for West Sussex

West Sussex has been awarded Fairtrade county status by the Fairtrade Foundation for its commitment to the trading principles. This follows a two year campaign led by Fairtrade West Sussex, which was set up in 2009. The local Fairtrade steering group, with the support of West Sussex County Council, has achieved the five criteria necessary to be granted the award. The fundamental aim of Fairtrade is to change the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions, and a…

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is it worth the mark-up?

How do you feel about slavery and exploitation? Like most people, I’m not a fan. How do you feel about being ripped off? I hate that too!  Photo: Simon Letch I’m willing to pay a little more to ensure suppliers are treated fairly, but I don’t want businesses to exploit my generosity to boost their own profits. So I’m interested to apply an economic lens to initiatives such as Fairtrade to see how they work. Fairtrade is a specific certification that…

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Chocolate giants are moving away from Fairtrade labelling

From cocoa to tea, food and drink giants are setting their own standards for ethical sourcing of raw materials, moving away from third-party labels such as Fairtrade. Mondelez International, owner of chocolate brands Cadbury and Toblerone, Unilever, behind tea brands such as Lipton and PG Tips, and Barry Callebaut, the world’s biggest producer of chocolate and cocoa products, have all introduced their own schemes. They say their targets are more comprehensive and some claim their schemes are more effective in…

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