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Response to Sainsburys and Asda plan to merge

The announcement that Sainsbury's and Asda plan to merge, means that, if permitted, it will create the biggest supermarket chain in the UK. The new business will have unprecedented power with regard to both consumers and suppliers, and this will bring with it high expectations and responsibilities. In today's world, businesses have clear duties to uphold the common good and our shared ambitions for a fair, sustainable future.

Fairtrade response to International Development Committee report

Responding to the publication of the International Development Committee’s report on DFID’s Economic Development Strategy Tim Aldred, Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation said:

Response to Sainsburys Fairly Traded Pilot

The Fairtrade Foundation is pleased to see greater detail and progress in Sainsbury’s Fairly Traded pilot, demonstrating the retailer has listened to concerns raised by the Fairtrade movement. 

Aldi t-shirt launch

Premium discount store Aldi has extended its commitment to sustainable sourcing by launching its first range of t-shirts made from Fairtrade certified cotton to go on sale in UK stores in Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 (29 February – 13 March).

comic relief

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.

New APPG

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.

Dispatches

Response to Channel 4 Dispatches: Secrets of Cadbury, broadcast on Monday 21 March, referencing the business partnership between Cadbury/Mondelēz International and Fairtrade.

Zaytoun

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.

Strategy launch

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.