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Trade is a blunt tool that can harm as well as help poverty reduction, the Fairtrade Foundation warns in a new briefing paper published today.
The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the UK Government’s decision to introduce the new Transparency in Supply Chains requirement for any company with a turnover of £36 million or more. This move means that more than 12,000 companies will fall under the new legislation from October, forcing them to prove what they are doing to stop slavery and trafficking in their supply chains. This in effect will create a groundswell of change in how businesses recognise and respond to issues of slavery and forced labour in supply chains.
The Mail on Sunday has recently published an article highlighting how a group of coffee farmers in Mexico are earning very low incomes due to the double blow of continued downward pressure on market prices and an outbreak of crop disease ‘La Roya’, meaning the amount of coffee they are able to sell is greatly reduced.
There are around 950 products that are both Fairtrade and organic currently available in the UK.
Organic farming has become increasingly popular with Fairtrade certified producers, with 51 per cent of all farmers who are part of the scheme holding an organic certification.
Commenting on the desperation that is driving dairy farmers to clear their milk from supermarket shelves in protest (The Independent, 4 Aug.), Fairtrade asks whether it is not time for the government to step in on the relentless price wars that are now forcing prices below even the cost of production, and highlights the plight of cocoa farmers in West Africa.
The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the inclusion of sustainability criteria in the new School Food Standards unveiled by Education Secretary Michael Gove earlier this week. The accompanying guidance to the new set of standards provides information for school cooks and caterers on how to procure and use Fairtrade products for school menus.
For the first time in the UK, two wines under the popular and established NAMAQUA Reserve brand are converting to Fairtrade, in collaboration with a leading retailer.
As the Euro 2016 comes to an end and the Homeless World Cup 2016 players prepare to take to the pitch in Glasgow for the Homeless World Cup, the Fairtrade Foundation called for fair play ideals to be mirrored by fair pay for those who ensure the game can be played - the workers in Pakistan and elsewhere that make their living by making the balls on which the beautiful game relies.
Thanks to new partnerships with Mars Chocolate UK, Transport for London, UK retailers and other businesses, farmers are benefitting from increased market opportunities and tailored programmes which are driving greater impact in thousands of communities, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Annual report, ‘Our Impact Story 2015-2016’, published today, 20 July 2016, reveals.
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.