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Response to Mail on Sunday Article on Low Pay on Kenyan Flower Farms

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.

Raising the bar on sustainability

Co-op becomes first UK retailer to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa.

Shoppers Supporting Fairtrade

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.

Valentines

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.

PROVOCATIVE NEW FILM CHALLENGES NATION

Nearly a quarter (23%) of adults never think about who produces their food and drink

Fairtrade responds to Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt speech on UK Aid budget

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. 

Fairtrade cotton expert calls on fashion sector to use its clout to reduce its impact on people and planet

Better collaboration needed to promote responsible sourcing of textiles.

Fairtrade warns a no-deal Brexit could be disastrous for overseas farmers

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 Brings Organic and Fairtrade Teas to the sky with new Easyjet Deal

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.