January 2024- High Wycombe

High Wycombe has been recognised for their outstanding efforts to mobilise the community and stand up for trade justice for farmers and workers overseas.  

This group of Campaigners has been highlighted this Month for their commitment to help support the movement. Fairtrade campaigners stand up for fairer trade every day.  

Mike King and the rest of the High Wycombe Fairtrade Community Team have been a Fairtrade Community for nearly 10 years. During these 10 years they have put intensive effort into their Fairtrade support. During Fairtrade Fortnight 2022, Mike King delivered six 15-minute presentations about the function of Fairtrade to 995 students in the local high school and set out to run a Celebration Coffee project derived from a visit to Grecia in May 2022. With the aim to have a single-origin CoopeVictoria coffee roasted in the UK for the first time, which was achieved in 2023. 

Fairtrade allows marginalized producers to access and compete in otherwise unfair, sub-optimal, global markets, thus reducing inequality while promoting inclusivity.

Our proudest moment entailed the Mayor and Ambassador of Costa Rica launching the Celebration Partnership Coffee at Highcrest Academy, donating a Fairtrade “sister” towns plaque to the school for its Fairtrade advocacy, joint teaching, and pupil engagement. 2024 objectives include upscaling our successful coffee project to engage wider regional or small independent roasters.

We plan to encourage other senior schools in High Wycombe to connect with the Colegio Bilingue in Grecia, Costa Rica. Work is underway to connect local university with an institution in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Mike King, High Wycombe Community group

Get Involved – Fairtrade Foundation with Fairtrade campaigning by joining with others in your local area. You can either set up your own group or join with hundreds of existing local groups all over the UK, including Fairtrade Communities, Fairtrade Universities, Fairtrade Schools and Fairtrade Places of Worship. 

For those interested in starting a Fairtrade Community or renewing an existing Fairtrade Community Commitment, you can find guides and videos to help you get started or renew on our website. Also, you may find of interest the Community Space User Guide or the Campaigns Action Guide

And if you would like to learn more about our celebration of 30 years of the Fairtrade Mark, follow this link to our Fairtrade Website to see 30 ways to celebrate 30 years of Fairtrade.