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The Fairtrade Foundation has this year been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development 2016. Ahead of the Queen's Reception at Buckingham Palace, on Thursday 14 July, Eileen Maybin reflects on meeting Queen Elizabeth II herself whilst working in India 20 years ago.
Cotton is the world’s oldest commercial crop and one of the most important fibre crops in the global fashion industry. Despite this, cotton farmers wield little power of influence in the long supply chain, facing challenges ranging from poor prices to climate change. Fairtrade cotton was launched in 2005 to improve the livelihoods of impoverished cotton farmers. Meet one of them: Shiv Narayan Patidar.
I am often intrigued by people who claim that big changes in our society ‘can’t be done’.
Can’t be done? Really? Why not? After all, did someone forget to tell the suffragettes that voting rights for women ‘can’t be done’? Did Martin Luther King give up just because someone told him that civil rights “is just impossible”? Of course not.
Three years on from the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Carry Somers asks when will the fashion industry start to take responsibility for its actions?
From the Green Revolution to organic farming. In the heart of India, cotton growers have led the way in rejecting harmful chemicals and GM-seeds, working with nature, rather than against it.
The launch of the Suffolk Association of Fairtrade Towns this summer is a much needed boost for poor farming communities around the world.
Change is blowing through cafes and supermarket shelves around the UK – on the back of the green tea leaf. As the 'grassy' beverage has a moment, we round up five things that make the UK’s first Fairtrade green tea so special.
Who'd be a farmer in 2016? This question is even more pertinent for the children of farmers in developing countries as it is for those of struggling farmers in the UK.
Ian Bretman has worked with the Fair Trade movement for more than 30 years. Here he shares his thoughts on what the vote to leave the EU might be telling us and why we need trade and business which works for everyone.
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.