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Fairtrade responds to an article in the Financial Times, which highlights the costs and challenges of fair trade
Barbara Crowther, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, says:
Fairtrade is much more than "an appealing idea" for the 1.5 million farmers and workers in developing countries, who are empowered by it to get a fair deal and to build a better, more sustainable future for their families and communities (Mind the fair trade gap, Financial Times, 29 May).
While clothing prices hit rock bottom with a T-shirt costing as little as £1.50, the human and environmental costs are sky rocketing in the multi-trillion dollar fashion industry.
The story about low wages and poor conditions facing garment workers who produce Beyonce’s Ivy Park gym range in Topshop is sadly not an exception in the fashion industry.”
Fairtrade remains concerned about the lack of legal status and adequate visa system for workers of Haitian descent working in many sectors of the Dominican economy. We believe that the best way to support them is to continue providing those within the Fairtrade system with essential extra finance and support to help them in the legalisation process, thereby ensuring that they continue to have access to higher wage earning opportunities.
Barbara Crowther, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Fairtrade Foundation, comments on the ongoing milk price war.
On the 4th and 5th of July, 300 delegates from 18 countries across the world will attend the 9th International Fair Trade Towns conference in Bristol to explore ‘Fair Trade for Sustainability’ as part of the city’s European Green Capital events programme.
Chef, food writer, broadcaster and Fairtrade Patron, Allegra McEvedy MBE has won the Special Achievement Award at the Footprint Awards 2015, an annual event that celebrates companies and individuals that lead the way on sustainability in the foodservice and hospitality sector.
Thursday 18 June 2015
Jeweller Pippa Small MBE has won the Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year category at the 2015 Retail Jeweller UK Jewellery Awards last night.
If you are out shopping for the Fairtrade fan in your life we’ve got a few great ideas of presents which will put a smile on their face on Christmas morning. We’re highlighting a number of them during our Fairtrade Christmas campaign this month but there’s such a massive range that we couldn’t fit in, so here’s a few!
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.