The latest press releases and statements from the Fairtrade Foundation.
Better collaboration needed to promote responsible sourcing of textiles.
Fairtrade partners with innovative new multi-stakeholder initiative to provide market access for tens of thousands of West African small-scale Fairtrade organic farming families.
In response to Theresa May’s speech in Cape Town Tim Aldred, head of policy and research at the Fairtrade Foundation said:
The former Chair of Fairtrade International, Marike de Peña, has been confirmed as a member of the Fairtrade Foundation Board of Trustees.
The Fairtrade Foundation is pleased to see greater detail and progress in Sainsbury’s Fairly Traded pilot, demonstrating the retailer has listened to concerns raised by the Fairtrade movement.
Responding to the publication of the International Development Committee’s report on DFID’s Economic Development Strategy Tim Aldred, Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation said:
The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes Oxfam’s report Ripe for Change which highlights the cruel paradox that people producing our food are at risk of going hungry themselves, and calls for a fundamental shift in the way that UK supermarkets do business, to one that is built on greater respect for human and labour rights.
The article in the Mail on Sunday (UNfairtrade! Farmers picking ‘ethically produced’ roses sold in Sainsbury’s paid just 48p per hour which is less than the ‘living wage’ set by Fairtrade charity) rightly notes that despite earning above the minimum wage the workers are not yet at the level of a living wage, which remains Fairtrade’s ultimate goal.