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Today, 27 June 2016, the Fairtrade Foundation responded to the Groceries Code Adjudicator's survey and annual conference.
The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes a report by MPs urging the UK Government to take a leading role in implementing the UN's new Global Goals which aim to tackle poverty.
8 June 2016: Italian confectionery company Ferrero will double the amount of cocoa it purchases from Fairtrade farmers – to 40,000 metric tonnes over the next three years. Speaking at the World Cocoa Conference, Ferrero also announced a new collaboration with Fairtrade on cane sugar, with plans to source 20,000 metric tonnes of Fairtrade cane sugar between mid-2016 and 2019.
The first textile manufacturers to sign up to the new Fairtrade Textile Standard have announced their commitment at the Ethical Fashion Show in Berlin. The Fairtrade approach is the first of its kind to cover people working throughout the supply chain from seed cotton to finished textile products. In addition, the Textile Programme helps factories and workers to improve their social and environmental impacts.
The Fairtrade Foundation responds to warnings that chocolate could run out if the cocoa sector doesn't become more sustainable.
Volumes of Fairtrade tea, coffee, cocoa and bananas all grew in 2015 as consumers show support for Fairtrade. Increased volumes will lead to greater financial premiums to Fairtrade farmers and workers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean.
Millions of farmers in developing countries who produce everyday foods for UK consumers are themselves still going hungry and struggling to feed their families, the Fairtrade Foundation has warned. At the start of Fairtrade Fortnight (Feb 29 – March 13) the organisation highlights that, while we sit down to a breakfast coffee, the periods of food shortage are so acute for some coffee farmers they’ve acquired their own grim names such as Chulga (food suffering) in Ethiopia, or Los Meses Flacos (the thin months) in Nicaragua.
Public call for Asda and Tesco to switch their bananas to Fairtrade
Fairtrade says it is time to stop pitting farmers and shoppers against each other and address the imbalance of power in 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. 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.