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The challenges within the global textile industry are huge. Since the introduction of Fairtrade certified cotton in 2005, Fairtrade has been tackling the question of how to extend the Fairtrade approach to the entire value supply chain for textiles. As a result, we recently launched the Fairtrade Textile Standard and the textile programme, with the goal of improving the living and working conditions of textile workers throughout the whole supply chain and strengthen their rights.
Almost three years after the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh, little has changed for the workers themselves. The tragedy, which killed more than 1100 and injured 2500, sparked demands for better protection - but many garment workers still have to endure dangerous conditions and low pay.
The Fairtrade Foundation and Transport for London (TfL) have announced a five year partnership deal to source Fairtrade cotton for all cotton in its staff uniforms. The announcement comes at the close of Fairtrade Fortnight (29th February – 13th March), the Fairtrade Foundation’s annual publicity campaign which is calling for more support for marginalised farmers.
Sugar farming communities in Swaziland, whose livelihoods are under threat following changes to European legislation on sugar, are set to benefit from £220,926 investment from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission.
From the Shetland Islands to Penzance, more than 50,000 people pledged special breakfasts across the UK to shine a light on the challenges faced by millions of farmers and workers who produce the food we eat, but struggle to feed themselves and their families, as part of the national Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 campaign.
Trade will never be truly fair as long as women continue to be disproportionately trapped in poverty and underrepresented in global agriculture and business, the Fairtrade Foundation warned, following the release of a new Fairtrade global gender strategy on International Women’s Day 2016.
Delegates at a high-profile conference on trade call for a fundamental shift in consumers’ understanding of the lives of famers and producers in the developing world.
Countdown host and former advisor to Alan Sugar on the Apprentice, Nick Hewer has been announced as a new patron of the Fairtrade Foundation.
New sourcing, programmes and expertise to tackle systemic issues in product supply chains.
Find answers to some of the questions that are frequently asked about Fairtrade.
Ever wondered how many farmers and workers are involved with Fairtrade? Or how the Fairtrade Premium is used? Here's a snapshot from our latest data.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.