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Dangerous Ideas Wanted

The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde said: ‘An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all’. Twenty years ago, Fairtrade burst onto Britain’s shop shelves with just such a dangerous idea: that farmers and workers in developing countries should be paid a fair price, that they needed a better deal – and that we, the companies and consumers in Britain should pay for the true value of our cocoa, coffee or bananas.

Is cheapest always best? Can cheapest ever be best?

As part of a series of blogs looking at the value consumers place on ethical credentials, Brad Hill, Fairtrade Strategy Development Manager at the Co-operative Group, asks us to take a journey back to the source of the things we buy...

Remembering Dennis Turner, the Lord Bilston.

In February 2014 the Chairman of Wolverhampton City Fairtrade Partnership, Dennis Turner (Lord Bilston) sadly died from cancer.  As MP for Bilston he had been instrumental in launching the City’s bid for Fairtrade status in 2003.  When the City achieved that status in 2004, he took on the role of chairman of the Partnership and served in that capacity until a month before his death.

The Fairtrade Mark at 20: looking back on where we’ve come

As the Fairtrade Foundation celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Fairtrade Mark, Ian Bretman, independent advisor to three Fairtrade Producer Networks, takes a look back.

We place a value on the choice we have to build ethics into our baskets

As part of a series of blogs exploring the value consumers place on ethical credentials, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Director of Public Engagement, Cheryl McGechie, kick-starts the discussion by asking how high you put responsibly sourced products on your shopping list… and what’s the value?

Fighting the banana price wars on World Fair Trade Day

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.

Working for the Common Good

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.

Fairtrade at 20: The Power of You

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.

Fairtrade farmers gearing up to address Child Labour

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.