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School uniforms

In response to the latest supermarket price war, as retailers battle to offer parents ever cheaper school uniforms, the Fairtrade Foundation urges shoppers and businesses to make sure it is not the poorest who pay the price for our bargains.

New DFID appointment

In response to the appointment of Priti Patel as the new Secretary of State for International Development, the Fairtrade Foundation has urged the continuation of vital work to support farmers and workers in lifting themselves out of poverty through more sustainable and fair trade.

statement on the appointment of new International Trade Secretary of State

At the news that Liam Fox has been appointed as Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade in Theresa May's new Cabinet, Fairtrade called on Dr Fox to ensure that future trade deals do as much as possible to reduce global poverty. 

Response to fire in community surrounding Fairtrade mining cooperative MACDESA in Peru

Over 300 houses were destroyed and infrastructure damaged in a devastating fire which swept through the community surrounding newly certified Fairtrade mine MACDESA on the afternoon of 4th July 2015. Our thoughts are with the families of those affected.

Fairtrade response to Aldis support for the Fruit and Veg pledge

The Fairtrade Foundation has welcomed the news that Aldi has become the first retailer to sign up to the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) initiative aiming to protect and grow UK growers.  

Fairtrade Foundation sets out five point agenda to reduce poverty through trade

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.

Fairtrade Foundation welcomes new supply chain transparency requirement

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.

Fairtrade foods to be served in schools

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.  

Namaqua switches popular wines to Fairtrade

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.