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World Fair Trade Day 2017

Five new short videos are released in international celebration.

Sustainable Cotton Communique

Thirteen of the world's most renowned clothing and textile companies today signed up to a sustainable cotton communiqué, through which they pledge to use 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.

Co-op and the Compass Group UK & Ireland back women cocoa farmers

Today, 12 May, the Fairtrade Foundation welcomed efforts to close the global agricultural gender divide, as it announced two UK businesses - Co-op and the Compass Group UK & Ireland - have committed £100,000 in funding for an innovative new programme to improve women’s opportunities in cocoa communities in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa.

Open letter to Sainsburys from Fairtrade producers

We told Sainsbury’s loud and clear: “Your model will bring about disempowerment”.

Cotton 2040

Leading international brands and retailers, cotton standards, existing industry initiatives and other stakeholders across the supply chain have come together to form Cotton 2040. Convened by sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future, with support from the C&A Foundation, this unique cross-industry initiative is driving change by taking collaborative action to scale up and overcome barriers to sustainable cotton uptake across multiple standards, so that more sustainable cotton becomes a mainstream commodity.

Cocoa response

The Fairtrade Foundation responds to warnings that chocolate could run out if the cocoa sector doesn't become more sustainable.

SHOPPERS STAND BEHIND FAIRTRADE THROUGH TOUGH GROCERY MARKET

Volumes of Fairtrade tea, coffee, cocoa and bananas all grew in 2015 as consumers show support for Fairtrade. Increased volumes will lead to greater financial premiums to Fairtrade farmers and workers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean.

LEAN TIMES FOR THE FARMERS WHO GROW OUR BREAKFASTS

Millions of farmers in developing countries who produce everyday foods for UK consumers are themselves still going hungry and struggling to feed their families, the Fairtrade Foundation has warned. At the start of Fairtrade Fortnight (Feb 29 – March 13) the organisation highlights that, while we sit down to a breakfast coffee, the periods of food shortage are so acute for some coffee farmers they’ve acquired their own grim names such as Chulga (food suffering) in Ethiopia, or Los Meses Flacos (the thin months) in Nicaragua.

Aldi flowers

Aldi has become the fastest growing retailer of Fairtrade roses following a 21 per cent surge in year-on-year sales.