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The article in the Mail on Sunday (UNfairtrade! Farmers picking ‘ethically produced’ roses sold in Sainsbury’s paid just 48p per hour which is less than the ‘living wage’ set by Fairtrade charity) rightly notes that despite earning above the minimum wage the workers are not yet at the level of a living wage, which remains Fairtrade’s ultimate goal.
Co-op becomes first UK retailer to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa.
Fairtrade sales bucked the contracting grocery market trend and the falling pound to see volume growth across some of its core areas including bananas and coffee, whilst other areas like wine and gold also showed growth.
This year, St Valentine’s Day will mark the tenth anniversary of Co-op launching its first ever range of Fairtrade roses. Since 2007, the ethical retailer has gone on to buy 100million stems of Fairtrade flowers, delivering almost £1.5 million in Fairtrade Premium to support flower farm communities in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
Nearly a quarter (23%) of adults never think about who produces their food and drink
Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at The Fairtrade Foundation, said; “The Fairtrade Foundation has over 20 years of experience harnessing the power of consumer markets to make trade work for the poorest.
Better collaboration needed to promote responsible sourcing of textiles.
As discussions continue in Brussels over the UK leaving the European Union the Fairtrade Foundation has warned of the impact of a ‘no-deal’ scenario on producers in developing nations.
Clipper Teas, the natural and ethical brand owned by Wessanen UK, has taken its tea to new heights after securing a three-year agreement with easyJet through leading airline caterers, Gate Group.
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.