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Fairtrade has been awarded a Comic Relief grant of £868,219 to extend its ground-breaking African Gold Programme which aims to support the world’s first responsibly sourced gold from East Africa.
Today secondary school students and campaigners from West Yorkshire will be joined by Colombian banana farmer to meet MPs and the International Development Minister Desmond Swayne at the launch of the first All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fairtrade.
Response to Channel 4 Dispatches: Secrets of Cadbury, broadcast on Monday 21 March, referencing the business partnership between Cadbury/Mondelēz International and Fairtrade.
UK-based social enterprise Zaytoun won the Fairtrade Global Trader Award for its work enabling olive oil producers in Palestine to sell their oil internationally.
The Fairtrade Foundation will increase its investment in business innovation between 2016 - 2020, creating a portfolio of new ways of working with businesses, structured around the benefits they bring to farmers and workers, it was announced today.
The challenges within the global textile industry are huge. Since the introduction of Fairtrade certified cotton in 2005, Fairtrade has been tackling the question of how to extend the Fairtrade approach to the entire value supply chain for textiles. As a result, we recently launched the Fairtrade Textile Standard and the textile programme, with the goal of improving the living and working conditions of textile workers throughout the whole supply chain and strengthen their rights.
Almost three years after the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh, little has changed for the workers themselves. The tragedy, which killed more than 1100 and injured 2500, sparked demands for better protection - but many garment workers still have to endure dangerous conditions and low pay.
The Fairtrade Foundation and Transport for London (TfL) have announced a five year partnership deal to source Fairtrade cotton for all cotton in its staff uniforms. The announcement comes at the close of Fairtrade Fortnight (29th February – 13th March), the Fairtrade Foundation’s annual publicity campaign which is calling for more support for marginalised farmers.
Sugar farming communities in Swaziland, whose livelihoods are under threat following changes to European legislation on sugar, are set to benefit from £220,926 investment from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission.
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. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.