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Carry Somers is a pioneer in Fair Trade fashion, creator of ethical brand Pachacuti and the initiator of the Fashion Revolution movement.
It's that time of year: still heady from New Year parties, we all commit to wild new beginnings, reforming ourselves into slim, teetotal nuns dedicated to spreading love and peace. Which is why January can be so depressing: because before long the cold truth dawns that we are in fact much closer to being Bridget Jones than Mother Theresa.
In the world of Fairtrade there is always room for innovation - whether that is developing new products which become Fairtrade firsts, or bringing new groups of farmers into the Fairtrade family, guaranteeing fair prices and a Fairtrade premium for some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.
For me, January brings with it the annual disappointment of breaking my new year’s resolutions.
It has got so bad that, in recent years, I have adopted the ‘baby turtle’ approach, making as many as I possibly can in the hope that one or two make it. None so far – and I am certainly not the only one struggling. In fact, an estimated 90% of resolutions end in failure. Whether it’s drinking less or exercising more, it seems that doing better takes more than good intentions. To make a resolution stick you need real determination and planning.
Even if your personal ethics are important to you, it can still be difficult to stick with them in your business life. It becomes even more tricky when working with luxury goods but paradoxically more important.
Imagine a baby girl born in Kenya today - let's call her Afia - what changes and challenges will she face in her lifetime? When we think about the Global Goals, we should remember the real human stories that lie behind them.
A report on Fairtrade wine published this month by The Co-operative Food couldn’t have come out at a better time. Sales of Fairtrade wine have this year hit an all-time high, reaching almost 30 m bottles a year globally. Last year, in the UK alone, a record 22.2m litres were sold (worth £27.5m), generating vital impacts for grape growing communities across Africa, and Latin and Central America.
Smallholders in developing countries are amongst the worst affected by climate change – how are they coping and what do they expect from world leaders at the COP? Victor Biwot reflects on climate change affecting Kenyan farmers as he visits this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), as part of the Fairtrade delegation.
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.
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 futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.