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    FAQs about Sainsbury's Foundation and Fairtrade

    23 May 2017 by the Fairtrade Foundation

    What’s changing between Sainsbury's and the Fairtrade Foundation? Under a new proposal from the retailer, Sainsbury’s own-brand Extra Strong, Green Tea, Red Label and Gold Label ranges will no longer be Fairtrade certified, whilst some of its premium range Fairtrade teas including Taste the Difference and Organic will continue.  From what we understand, the non-Fairtrade certified own-brand ranges will become part of the retailer’s new “Fairly Traded” range ...

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  • Tanzanian coffee farmer

    Make YOUR voice count

    19 May 2017 by Rebecca Turner, campaign manager, Fairtrade Foundation

    Would you campaign for fair pay for farmers in the developing world? 

    The Fairtrade Foundation petitions the UK government for fair trade across the globe.

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  • World Fair Trade Day

    Five ways to help make trade fairer

    11 May 2017 by Emily McCoy, Fairtrade Foundation

    It’s World Fair Trade Day (13th May) and campaigners, food lovers and supporters across five continents are joining together to recognise the people involved in trade throughout the supply chain of some of our favourite products.

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  • Worker with cotton

    Spare a thought for countless faceless farmers and workers making your clothes

    29 April 2017 by Subindu Garkhel, Fairtrade Foundation

    Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, reflects on changes from home sewn clothes to the modern fashion industry, and the complex issues of transparency along the chain.

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  • Slave to Fashion front cover

    What do you know about modern slavery in fashion

    28 April 2017 by Safia Minney, Founder of People Tree and managing director of Po-Zu (ethical footwear company)

    Safia launches her new book 'Slave to Fashion' during Fashion Revolution Week. The book discusses modern slavery in fashion supply chains and goes through Safia's journey finding out more behind the fashion industry.

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  • Nazma Akter, of the AWAJ Foundation

    Giving a voice to Bangladeshi Women Garment Workers

    26 April 2017 by Nazma Akter, of the AWAJ Foundation, a union for female workers in Bangladesh, giving us an insight into how they are making improvements to textile manufacturing in the country.

    In December 2016 more than 1,600 workers from a number of garment factories in Ashulia were sacked for alleged involvement in demonstrations over pay. Many more were arrested and imprisoned for protesting for fairer wages.

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  • Who Made My Clothes?

    Fashion fans must fight for fairness

    25 April 2017 by Fashion Revolution’s Sarah Ditty and Heather Knight talk us through their brand new Fanzine

    The global fashion industry is opaque, exploitative and environmentally damaging and desperately needs revolutionary change. Yet one brand, one organization, or one person cannot change this alone; we need all the stakeholders — brands, retailers, producers, governments and consumers — to work together towards a cleaner, safer, fairer, more transparent fashion industry.

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  • Tea Workers in India - Clipper Tea

    Your quality cuppa changes quality of life in India

    21 April 2017 by Adele Ward from Wessanen UK (Clipper Teas)

    Today (Friday 21st April) is National Tea Day, a special day to celebrate the great taste and occasion of a delicious cup of tea. But how much do we really know about the origins of tea and the people and processes that produce the nation’s traditional hot beverage? 

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  • Divine Chocolate Easter egg

    Fairtrade Easter eggs: A cracking line up…

    6 April 2017 by Harri Hill

    For many of us, Easter means sharing chocolate! Make your celebrations fairer for cocoa farmers this year by choosing Fairtrade. We think we’ve rounded up an egg-cellent selection to suit all tastes, take a look…

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  • Miners at TIRA mine Busia Uganda by Ian Berry Magnum

    Fairtrade brings hope to Uganda's artisanal gold mines

    6 January 2017 by Martine Parry. Photograph: Ian Berry/Magnum Photos

    In Uganda communities mining gold are trapped in poverty but now, Fairtrade’s first certified mine in Africa offers a safer, more prosperous future

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