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-Nine companies including Mars, major German, Swiss & Japanese retailers and brands first to sign on to new Fairtrade Sourcing Programs
-Fairtrade cocoa farmers delighted by initial 14% sales boost in 2014
-First cotton commitment announced, announcements on sugar to follow soon
Fairtrade farmers are set for a breakthrough year as Fairtrade International today announced the first commitments to farmers under an innovative new commodity sourcing model. Already at launch nine companies have signed on to increase their Fairtrade purchases starting with initial 2014 volumes set to deliver $1.2m in additional Fairtrade Premium to cocoa farmers by the end of this year.
- Top celebrities send birthday congratulations
Some of the UK’s best-known faces have congratulated the Fairtrade Foundation on 20 years of Fairtrade products in the UK this year.
- New criteria on freedom of association, living wage
Fairtrade International has overhauled its Fairtrade Standard for Hired Labour to strengthen the position of workers in Fairtrade certified plantations and estates producing tea, bananas and other fruit, cut flowers, herbs, vegetables and sports ball factories.
The Daily Mirror has today (13 February) published a story regarding the conditions of workers on flower farms in the Naivasha region of Kenya.
The Fairtrade Foundation has welcomed comments by Baroness Miller in the House of Lords, highlighting the vulnerability of the food system.
Thousands of Fairtrade supporters around the country are gearing up to launch an extra special Fairtrade Fortnight campaign in 2014, aiming to bring about landmark change in the banana industry.
Britain’s supermarket price wars are trapping tens of thousands of banana farmers and workers in an unrelenting cycle of poverty
The Fairtrade Foundation today launches a new campaign Make Bananas Fair asking the UK public to help end the supermarket price wars, including a petition asking the government to urgently step in and investigate the impact of retailer pricing practices.
On Friday 21 February, BBC Farming Today aired a short preview for BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme which will be broadcast on Sunday, looking at Fairtrade 20 years from the launch of the FAIRTRADE Mark.
- Sales of Fairtrade products in 2013 rose again, reaching an estimated £1.78 billion, up 14 per cent on the previous year
- Campaigners gear up for Fairtrade Fortnight with thousands of exciting events across the UK
- Banana producers tour the country to talk about the benefits of the Fairtrade system and call on Britain to Make Bananas Fair
The Fairtrade Foundation today launches Fairtrade Fortnight (24 February – 9 March) and its major new Make Bananas Fair campaign by announcing continued growth in Fairtrade sales of 14 per cent during 2013, demonstrating continuing public and business support for Fairtrade goods.
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.