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Sustainable Cotton Ranking

The report ‘Sustainable Cotton Ranking’ published by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK, Solidaridad and WWF finds that “the majority of international companies using the most cotton globally are failing to deliver on cotton sustainability”. Just eight companies out of 37 were ranked outside the so-called ‘red zone’ in the research conducted by the brand-comparison site Rank a Brand.

World Trade

Today, on Tuesday 7 June, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Chief Executive addresses the World Trade Symposium 2016.

Continental Clothing

Continental Clothing Company, one of Britain’s largest wholesale t-shirt manufacturers, will launch a new range of Fairtrade organic cotton t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts under its new label FAIR SHARE.

GCA conference

Today, 27 June 2016, the Fairtrade Foundation responded to the Groceries Code Adjudicator's survey and annual conference.

SDGs report

The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes a report by MPs urging the UK Government to take a leading role in implementing the UN's new Global Goals which aim to tackle poverty. 

Ferrero announcement

8 June 2016: Italian confectionery company Ferrero will double the amount of cocoa it purchases from Fairtrade farmers – to 40,000 metric tonnes over the next three years. Speaking at the World Cocoa Conference, Ferrero also announced a new collaboration with Fairtrade on cane sugar, with plans to source 20,000 metric tonnes of Fairtrade cane sugar between mid-2016 and 2019.

First Partners For Fairtrade Textile Standard and Programme

The first textile manufacturers to sign up to the new Fairtrade Textile Standard have announced their commitment at the Ethical Fashion Show in Berlin. The Fairtrade approach is the first of its kind to cover people working throughout the supply chain from seed cotton to finished textile products. In addition, the Textile Programme helps factories and workers to improve their social and environmental impacts.

Response to Mail on Sunday on devastating impacts of La Roya

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.

Celebrate Organic September with a Fairtrade twist

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.