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Even if your personal ethics are important to you, it can still be difficult to stick with them in your business life. It becomes even more tricky when working with luxury goods but paradoxically more important.
Imagine a baby girl born in Kenya today - let's call her Afia - what changes and challenges will she face in her lifetime? When we think about the Global Goals, we should remember the real human stories that lie behind them.
A report on Fairtrade wine published this month by The Co-operative Food couldn’t have come out at a better time. Sales of Fairtrade wine have this year hit an all-time high, reaching almost 30 m bottles a year globally. Last year, in the UK alone, a record 22.2m litres were sold (worth £27.5m), generating vital impacts for grape growing communities across Africa, and Latin and Central America.
One of the fault lines in the debate about trade and development has been whether trickle-down works well enough.
Smallholders in developing countries are amongst the worst affected by climate change – how are they coping and what do they expect from world leaders at the COP? Victor Biwot reflects on climate change affecting Kenyan farmers as he visits this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), as part of the Fairtrade delegation.
Unsatisfied by the production of conventional beverages, in 2008 a group of three friends set out to challenge the drinks industry. Germany’s popular Fairtrade brands Lemonaid and ChariTea have recently hit the shelves in the UK and this is their story.
Interview with Dumisani Matsenjwa, Farmer and Secretary of Maphobeni Farmers Association.
As Divine prepares for Chocolate Week, the focus is on our delicious flavours – including our rather exceptional new dark chocolate caramel bar. This year there will also be serious talk about ensuring a sustainable cocoa supply for the future, and Divine will be making sure cocoa farmers have their say.
Over the past few days, a Fairtrade team has been at the United Nations in New York, attending discussions on the adoption of the new global goals framework, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Tim Aldred, Fairtrade Foundation UK’s Head of Policy & Research, gives us the low down.
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. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.