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Make sure it’s an ethical Christmas

Each year the run-up to Christmas starts earlier and earlier. Retail calendars are planned well in advance, Black Friday has become a popular fixture in the diary and even mince-pies are on sale in September. It’s all heavily focused on shopping and buying, but as ethical trends continue to rise, we need to adapt to […]

November 28, 2018 Continue Reading
Picture Caption: A giant double doorway was erected on a snow covered Millennium Bridge this morning to reveal a banana farm in rural Panama.
The stunt marked the start of the Fairtrade Fortnight “Come On In” campaign, calling on the public to stand with farmers to close the door on exploitation and break the stranglehold of poverty prices. Celebrity chef, food writer and author Tess Ward was on hand to show her support and give out Fairtrade bananas while passers-by were invited to step onto a Panama banana farm by virtue of a new immersive 360 virtual reality film. Farmer Ketra Kyosiimire from Uganda is also pictured handing out bananas.



FAIRTRADE INVITES BRITISH PUBLIC TO ‘COME ON IN’
Giant double doorway opens onto banana washing station in rural Panama to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight 2018
26th February 2018, London: On the day new research  reveals half of Brits are unaware of exploitation in the food chain, a giant double doorway opening onto a scene from a banana farm was unveiled on the Millennium Footbridge, London. 
The stunt marked the start of the Fairtrade Fortnight “Come On In” campaign, calling on the public to stand with farmers to close the door on exploitation and break the stranglehold of poverty prices. Celebrity chef, food writer and author Tess Ward was on hand to show her support and give out Fairtrade bananas while passers-by were invited to step onto a Panama banana farm by virtue of a new immersive 360 virtual reality film. 
This year we collectively chomped through a staggering 820,000 tonnes of bananas, eating on average 100 bananas each. Yet it’s a scandalous reality that millions of farmers and workers are still being ripped off, despite working hard to provide the products we love. They face unfairness in global trade that is rooted in centuries of exploitation. 
The banana industry provides employment for tens of thousands of people in Latin America, the Caribbean, south-east Asia and West Africa.  The past 1

‘Come on in’ to Fairtrade Fortnight

Monday 26 February marked the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight, which launched with a consumer event in London asking the public to ‘come on in’ and end exploitation. The campaign began on the same day that results of a survey by Censuswide were published, revealing that around half of the British population is unaware of the […]

February 27, 2018 Continue Reading
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Brexit negotiations could leave poor farmers vulnerable, Fairtade Foundation warns

The chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation has warned that the prospects for farmers in developing countries could suffer if post-EU Referendum negotiations result in trade deals that favour the powerful. Commenting, Michael Gidney, said: “The result of the European Union referendum won’t just affect the UK. It will have a huge impact on the lives […]

June 29, 2016 Continue Reading
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Fairtrade Foundation announces ambitious five-year strategy

The Fairtrade Foundation’s new five-year strategy, launched last month by chief executive Michael Gidney, aims to increase the organization’s investment in business innovation to 2020. Changing Trade, Changing Lives will see a portfolio of new ways of the foundation working with businesses, structured around the benefits they bring to farmers and workers. Gidney outlined how […]

March 15, 2016 Continue Reading
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Fairtrade Foundation calls on Cameron to make trade fair

As world leaders, including David Cameron, will formally adopt the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this weekend, a reform of the EU sugar market, supported by the UK Government, is risking the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of sugar cane farmers in developing countries. The Fairtrade Foundation warns that the UK Government’s support of these […]

September 24, 2015 Continue Reading
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“We’re not the right body to run fair trade milk scheme” – Fairtrade Foundation

The Fairtrade Foundation says it is “not necessarily the right organisation” to set up and run a fair trade milk scheme. Against a backdrop of plummeting farm gate prices and tales of dairy farmers being driven out of business because of below-cost-of-production payments they receive for their milk from the big supermarkets, calls for a […]

August 25, 2015 Continue Reading
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Get involved as Fairtrade Fortnight gets down to basics

Fairtrade Fortnight is on its way, taking place between 23 February and 8 March, so retailers, get ready to celebrate! This annual event gives retailers an ideal opportunity to highlight Fairtrade goodies with displays, posters, special deals and tastings, and flag up to customers the importance of supporting ethical trading and choosing products that really […]

February 12, 2015 Continue Reading
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Liberation and Traidcraft go nuts for fair trade

Traidcraft is teaming up with fair trade nut company Liberation Foods in a move which will see it stock the entire Liberation range in its online shops, catalogue and across its network of retailers. The deal will also include a calendar of promotional activities including road show sampling, digital marketing and engagement with Traidcraft’s key […]

August 21, 2014 Continue Reading
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Damning report on Fairtrade contains “significant flaws”

 A government-sponsored report claiming to show that workers on Fairtrade farms are often paid less than non-Fairtrade workers contains “significant flaws” says the Fairtrade Foundation. The report is based on an investigation by researchers at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) into the production of flowers, coffee and tea in Ethiopia and Uganda. […]

May 27, 2014 Continue Reading

All’s fair…

Retailers got busy for Fairtrade Fortnight (24 February-9 March), organising window displays, tastings and a host of events to flag up this year’s Make Bananas Fair campaign. Claire Humphreys from Archie Browns, which has stores in Penzance and Truro, was one store that made the most of the event. “Across our two stores and our […]

March 10, 2014 Continue Reading
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