Fairtrade Fortnight

Takes place from Monday 9 September – Sunday 22 September 2024.

This year, join us in urging everyone to ‘Be The Change’, by picking up Fairtrade products and speaking up for fairer trade. 

Maris Doris Calvo - Banana Grower from Orihueca, Colombia

“Thanks to the Fairtrade Premium, we can provide opportunities to young people in our community.” Maria Doris, Fairtrade banana grower in Colombia. Maria Doris and her cooperative have used their Fairtrade Premium to provide educational opportunities for young women.

30 years of Fairtrade sales have meant over £1.7 billion in Fairtrade Premium. That’s given more power to farmers like Maria Doris, driving real change in their communities. 

But if we could convince politicians to change the rules of trade, so all trade was fair, there could be millions more stories like Maria Doris’. 

That’s why this Fairtrade Fortnight we’re launching our ‘Be The Change’ challenge to newly elected MPs. Join us in asking your MP to step up and stand with Fairtrade farmers, and supporters like you, who are leading the way in building a fairer future. 

Ask your MP to ‘Be The Change’ by pledging their support for fair trade

How to get your MP on board
  • Run a ‘Be The Change’ event during Fairtrade Fortnight and invite your MP: Every year hundreds of Fairtrade events bring whole communities together to speak up for fairer trade, and MPs will be keen to join events like this shortly after the election. Why not tempt them in by running a ‘Be The Change’ brunch or breakfast, made up of Fairtrade treats? 
  • Tell us about your plans or ideas: We have a limited number of free printed materials to help you run a great event, and will send you details of all our digital resources after you fill in our quick form. 
  • Write to your MP to ask them to take the ‘Be The Change’ pledge: We’ll be in touch soon with a quick and easy way you can get in touch with your MP to get trade justice on your MP’s agenda. 

‘Be The Change’ will begin in Fairtrade Fortnight – but it’s going to continue all year

So if you don’t have time to organise an event during Fairtrade Fortnight, don’t worry!

As new MPs get settled into their roles, it’s going to be so important to make sure they understand that they can be the change for farmers working to overturn an unfair global trade system.

Thank you for making sure your MP understands they can be part of the solution. 

Fairtrade Fortnight Resources

  • Be The Change digital graphics: A selection of graphics you can use online or offline to spread the word in your community and beyond. 
  • Infographics on Fairtrade impact: Show how 30 years of Fairtrade sales in the UK have driven change around the world with our set of powerful infographics. 
  • Download printable posters and assets: Posters and other printable assets to use in your community 
  • Template press release: Let the local media know about events in your area and the national Be The Change campaign. 
  • Fairtrade films: View and download a selection of films that explain how farmers and workers use the power of Fairtrade to be the change in their community.
  • Fairtrade and Climate resources: Including PowerPoint presentations and stories of farmers taking on the climate crisis. 
  • Fairtrade Foundation Manifesto: Before the election we produced a manifesto document, sharing with MPs how they can get behind Fairtrade. Share this with any MPs at your events. 
  • Growing Our Movement For Change report: Our report to mark 30 years of Fairtrade sales in the UK, the difference that has made all around the world and what the future holds for Fairtrade. 
  • How to engage your MP video: Our campaign catch-up featuring former MP, Holly Lynch, who shares the best ways to get politicians’ attention.
Coming Soon…
  •  Infographics on Fairtrade impact: Show how 30 years of Fairtrade sales in the UK have driven change around the world with our set of powerful infographics. 
  • Template press release: Let the local media know about events in your area and the national Be The Change campaign. 

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