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  • Calling for stronger ethical standards in supply chains

    11 July 2014 by Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the Fairtrade Foundation

    This past month, the public have been shocked by allegations in the Guardian of migrant workers being forced to work on Thai fishing boats supplying fish food to the prawn farming industry. Journalists, human rights organisations and politicians alike have denounced this as modern slavery.

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  • Liverpool’s children have their say about Fairtrade

    8 July 2014 by dwebb

    With the government currently calling for greater transparency and accountability within supply chains, Jenny Willott MP, and the former Business Minister, met recently with children from Barlows Primary School in Liverpool to hear their views on Fairtarde and global issues. Barlows’ teacher Nicole Kattou talks in more detail about the benefits of introducing children in to Fairtrade.

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  • Celebrating Fairtrade’s role in the new School Food Standards

    18 June 2014 by Kate Jones, Education Campaigns Manager

    Education Campaigns Manager Kate Jones welcomes the new School Food Standards with their guidance to make school food more nutritious and appealing, but also for their recognition of the need for schools to choose more sustainable food.

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  • Real Brazil: Brazilian Fairtrade coffee producers reveal what the World Cup means to them

    13 June 2014 by dwebb

    When you mention the word Brazil, people inevitably think of three things – carnival, football… and supermodels. Brazil has without much fanfare become an agricultural powerhouse, and is the world’s largest coffee producer and a significant player in the specialty coffee industry. As the 2014 World Cup kicks off, we ask three Brazilian Fairtrade coffee producers what the World Cup means to them.

    Daiana Tavares, General Manager, COOPFAM

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  • Fairtrade farmers gearing up to address Child Labour

    12 June 2014 by Caroline Hickson, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships

    This year the International Labour Organization (ILO) aims to ‘give a #RedCard to Child Labour’. It calls upon the world to accelerate progress towards eradicating child labour, in particular through social protection systems as a key part of the response.

    The ILO estimates there are 168 million children still working across the globe. On World Day Against Child Labour we realize that while worldwide condemnation of child labour and standards prohibiting it are important, they are only part of the answer to successfully eradicating it.

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  • Fairtrade at 20: The Power of You

    6 June 2014 by dwebb

    Called “Fairtrade at 20: The Power of You”, the free exhibition will run for three weeks, and through images of farmers and producers illustrates the history of the Fairtrade movement which also includes consumers, campaigners and fairtrade organisations.

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  • Working for the Common Good

    15 May 2014 by Caroline Hickson, Fairtrade International

    A new project to improve the impact of Fairtrade for workers on small farms, and better support the vulnerable farmers who employ them, will begin this year. Caroline Hickson, from Fairtrade International, discusses the drive toward enabling Fairtrade to be a stronger tool in the empowerment of workers.

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  • Fighting the banana price wars on World Fair Trade Day

    9 May 2014 by Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation

    To coincide with World Fair Trade Day, Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, reflects on the debate generated by Fairtrade’s campaign for Fair Banana Pricing.

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  • Fash Mob takes over Carnaby Street

    25 April 2014 by dwebb

    Yesterday, Thursday 24 April, saw fashion students from across London gather on Carnaby Street – one of the most famous fashion streets in the world – to campaign for a more sustainable fashion industry as part of Fashion Revolution Day.

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  • From cotton fields to cutting floors: it’s time to revolutionise the fashion industry

    24 April 2014 by Rachel Hearson, Account Manager for Major Retailers Cotton at the Fairtrade Foundation

    Rachel Hearson, Fairtrade Foundation Account Manager for Major Retailers Cotton, recounts her own personal journey into the lives of cotton farming communities and speaks about how UK shoppers are now demanding that the people making their clothes get a fair deal.

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  • From the cotton field upwards: recognising accountability in the fashion industry

    24 April 2014 by dwebb

    GS Rao is the State Co-ordinator for Chetna Organic for their farmers in the state of Odisha, in the east of India. He represents more than 3,000 smallholder tribal farmers, belonging to 4 organic and Fairtrade cotton farmer cooperatives in Odisha, one of the poorest states in India. Here, he describes why Fashion Revolution Day is a trigger for a more harmonious supply chain.

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  • Following the thread: the start of a Fashion Revolution

    23 April 2014 by Orsola de Castro, Creative Director at fashion label From Somewhere

    Orsola de Castro is creative director at fashion label From Somewhere, which makes clothes from recycled off cuts of luxury materials. She is also co-founder and co-curator of Estethica at London Fashion Week and a co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day. 

    Here Orsola reflects on why following the thread in our clothes from beginning to end is vital and why we need a revolution in fashion.

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  • Putting women at the centre of Ghana’s cocoa production

    17 April 2014 by Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation

    Martine Parry, media manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, visited Ghana earlier this year to see how Fairtrade cocoa co-operative Kuapa Kokoo is empowering women to transform their lives.

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  • The reality behind ‘bananageddon’

    7 April 2014 by Martine Parry, Media and Public Relations Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation

    ‘Bananageddon’ is a word that has been bandied around this weekend in national newspapers, ahead of an upcoming report from the United Nations (UN) on the spread of Panama disease across banana farms and the devastating effect it is having on farmers.

    Here Martine Parry, Fairtrade Foundation Media and Public Relations Manager, explains why the reality behind the bananageddon headlines is far from sensational as thousands of farmers struggle to contain this destructive disease.

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  • Climate Change: Committing to helping producers adapt

    31 March 2014 by Orsola de Castro, Creative Director at fashion label From Somewhere

    Orsola de Castro is creative director at fashion label From Somewhere, which makes clothes from recycled off cuts of luxury materials. She is also co-founder and co-curator of Estethica at London Fashion Week and a co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day. 

    Here Orsola reflects on why following the thread in our clothes from beginning to end is vital and why we need a revolution in fashion.

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