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    Brexit - Latest News on Trade Democracy

    19 July 2018 by Helen Dennis

    A week, as the quote goes, is a long time in politics…

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    What Trump means by Free and Fair Trade

    11 July 2018 by Helen Dennis

    Donald Trump is in the UK this week. This will no doubt mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but when it comes to “fair trade”, what does he mean?

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    Did the Commonwealth Summit live up to its promise

    4 May 2018 by Helen Dennis

    The much-anticipated Commonwealth Summit (or ‘CHOGM’) recently took place in London and Windsor – the largest gathering of world leaders ever hosted in the UK.

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    The true cost of fast fashion

    25 April 2018 by Martine Parry

    The UK spends £27 billion on clothes each year and there’s no sign that our obsession for fast fashion is slowing down.

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    Why I’m standing in solidarity with Fashion Revolution to ask brands who made my clothes

    23 April 2018 by Subindu Garkhel

    Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains how we’re all connected to the often invisible farmers and garment workers who make our clothes.

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    Fairtrade Farmers visit the UK for 'Fairtrade Fortnight'

    19 March 2018 by Adam Gardner

    Each year the Fairtrade Foundation (and other organisations) invite Fairtrade farmers and workers to visit UK schools, businesses and supporters as part of the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign. Adam Gardner shares his reflections after saying goodbye to this year’s visitors.

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    Amazing Fairtrade Fortnight Events Up and Down the UK

    13 March 2018 by Heather Nicholson

    Over the past few weeks, campaigner groups up and down the country have been donning banana suits, whipping up cake sales and getting creative for Fairtrade Fortnight.

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    What if commonwealth leaders and businesses got behind Fairtrade

    12 March 2018 by Helen Dennis Policy and Advocacy Manager at Fairtrade Foundation

    The Commonwealth has largely dropped out of our collective consciousness as a body of influence and prestige, with many regarding it as historically compromised or associated with a contested vision of post-Brexit ‘Global Britain’.

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    The Trade & Customs Bills - the story so far

    22 January 2018 by Helen Dennis Fairtrade Policy Manager

    MPs weren’t given much time to get their feet back under the table after the Christmas break. Both of the Bills that relate to post-Brexit trade policy were up for debate in the House of Commons on their first day back with a vote on the Customs Bill finally taking place at 10.30pm. We always knew that it was going to be tough for development issues to get a look-in. These Bills are dealing with a wide range of issues, including the future protection of UK industries, and of course they h...

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    Does competition law serve consumer interest and future food needs

    23 November 2017 by Tim Aldred (Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation)

    A new report from the Fairtrade Foundation finds that government regulation, which is meant to secure the UK’s food for the future, might just have been lending a helping hand in creating conditions where future prices will go up, and quality will go down.

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