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Natural vanilla has drawn attention in recent years due to its soaring price, rivalling even silver in 2017. While that might on the surface seem like a good thing for vanilla farmers, the instability of the market for the world’s second most expensive spice (after saffron) does much more harm than good.
In 2019, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is celebrating its centenary year. From the beginning, protecting children from labour exploitation has been a core part of their work. While progress has been made since 1919, 152 million children are still in child labour. Of these, 70 percent are working in agriculture.
The climate crisis is already badly affecting global food production. Fairtrade farmers like Ebrottié in Côte d'Ivoire, Zeddy in Kenya and Theresa in Nicaragua, suffer the effects, leaving them working longer, for less, and damaging their community.
It’s picnic season! Whether you are picnicking in the park, in your garden, or (going by the weather in the UK so far this summer) in your living room – we’ve pulled together a list of some great Fairtrade options to pack into your picnic hamper.
Speaking at the centenary conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 11 June 2019, Theresa May issued a call to “ordinary shoppers… to vote with their wallets… to shun those companies that do not make the ethical grade”.
When you choose Fairtrade, you are taking a stand against exploitation and injustice in the supply chain. Here is our top pick of gifts that are great for men (and everyone!).
Most people are familiar with Fairtrade, so why do the same misconceptions about what it is and how it actually works keep cropping up?
It’s easy to forget when we’re baking, that the ingredients we use have been grown in countries around the world - planted, tended, picked and cared-for by someone as part of their job. To think that they might not have been paid fairly for this work is almost unimaginable.
(Updated June 2020)
We've all been there - it's Friday, we've been at work all week, we deserve a treat. But a treat for us shouldn't be at the expense of others. We don't want exploitation and poverty to be the cost of our chocolate bar.
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.