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Fairtrade celebrates a thousand schools in the UK

A BOLTON primary school has been awarded the coveted accolade of becoming the 1000th Fairtrade School in the UK.

Harriet Lamb becomes first woman to be made Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall

Harriet Lamb, Chief Executive of Fairtrade International, is today made an honorary fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge University – the first time the college has given the honour to a woman.  

International Fair Trade Conference in Japan invited to Bristol

Bristol’s Fairtrade Co-ordinator attended the 8th International Fair Trade Towns Conference in Kumamoto, Japan at the weekend to invite the 270 delegates from 21 countries to come to Bristol for the 2015 Conference.    

Statement: Response to announcement Fyffes and Chiquita are to merge

The Fairtrade Foundation is watching very closely the impact that the merger of Fyffes and Chiquita to create the world’s largest banana firm will have on banana farmers and workers. Through our existing relationship with Fyffes, we will work in collaboration with the new organisation to seek assurances that the negotiations towards the merger will support banana farmers and workers.

Consumers want fair play for farmers and workers

Results of new research released today show the overwhelming majority of people in the UK back the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign proposition that supermarket banana price wars are dysfunctional and support paying farmers more, as the poorest people are bearing the cost of our cheap bananas.

Cocoa farmers welcome Ferrero commitment

- Confectionery company to purchase 20,000 MT of Fairtrade cocoa over 3 years under new Fairtrade Cocoa Program - Thousands of Ivorian cocoa farmers to benefit Fairtrade cocoa farmers have received another major boost as Ferrero announced its collaboration with Fairtrade at the International Fairtrade Conference in Berlin. Ferrero will purchase a total of 20,000 tonnes (MT) of Fairtrade certified cocoa over the next three years.     

Breakthrough for Fairtrade Farmers

-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.  

Celebrating 20 years of the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK

- 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.

Fairtrade announces sweeping changes for plantation and estate workers

- 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.