It’s Fairtrade Fortnight!

February 20th, 2021 Comments off

22nd February – 7th March 2021

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight, the annual celebration of all things Fairtrade!

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight has moved online, with the Choose the World You Want festival. There will be a host of events featuring people from across the global Fairtrade community, including Fairtrade farmers and workers, climate campaigners, and the Fairtrade activist network.

Fairtrade community groups – spearheaded by Fairtrade Yorkshire and Fairtrade Devon in a unique collaboration – are also running a community arts festival.

Choose the World You Want festival
Fairtrade Connections Community Arts Festival

Camden Council celebrates 25 years of Fairtrade

October 26th, 2020 Comments off

Camden Council’s councillors unanimously passed a motion, proposed by Cllr Jenny Mulholland, seconded by Cllr Larraine Revah, celebrating 25 years of Fairtrade and Camden’s continued commitment to Fairtrade, working with local groups, schools, universities, and businesses.

Full text of motion:

This council notes that:

  • 2019 marks 25 years since the FAIRTRADE Mark was launched in the UK.
  • Since 1994, consumer demand for fair trade has grown thanks to the efforts ofgrassroots campaigners, and pioneering fair trade businesses.
  • There are now over 600 Fairtrade Communities in the UK and more than 2,000 globally.
  • As a result of fair trade commitments from mainstream brands and retailers, the UK Fairtrade market is now one of the biggest in the world.
  • Global Fairtrade sales last year generated £142 million in Fairtrade Premium. Farmers in 73 countries have invested this money in their communities, increasing business productivity and contributing to the achievement of the global Sustainable DevelopmentGoals (SDGs).
  • Despite this positive news, exploitation remains rampant in global supply chains. More than 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery, including forced labour, and 152 million young people in child labour. Hundreds of millions more areearning less than a living income or wage.

This council believes that:

  • Fairtrade and the wider Fair Trade movement has a significant contribution to make towards ending exploitation in global supply chains and achieving the SDGs.
  • The recently agreed International Fair Trade Charter should be welcomed, with its vision of transforming trade to work for people and planet.
  • The Fairtrade principles of paying a ‘premium’ that is wholly managed by farmers and workers themselves, and of minimum prices to protect producers from market volatility, are crucial to systemic change.
  • Public bodies, including local authorities, should support ethical procurement policies, using their purchasing power to support Fairtrade Standards and ensure their supply chains, at homeand abroad, are free of exploitation, including modern slavery.
  • Companies operating through global supply chains should go further and take steps to require the payment of living wages and achievement of living incomes for all.

This council resolves to:

  • Renew its commitment/commit to achieve ‘Fairtrade Community’ status.
  • Actively promote Fairtrade locally, through support for local groups, in the media including social media, and events, including during Fairtrade Fortnight.
  • Support local Fairtrade Schools and Universities, and actively promote Fairtrade teaching materials in local schools and educational institutions.
  • Celebrate businesses championing Fairtrade products in the local community.
  • Review its procurement policy, including its catering offer, to ensure that as far as is lawful, Fairtrade produce is chosen wherever possible, and that Fairtrade Standards are included as a preference in any contracts going out to tender.

Keep Kit Kat Fairtrade

September 23rd, 2020 Comments off

Nestlé has announced that from October 2020, Kit Kats will no longer contain Fairtrade cocoa and sugar. Instead, Nestlé is moving to the promotion of its own Cocoa Plan and the Rainforest Alliance certification. As a result 27,000 sugar and cocoa farmers will lose the Fairtrade Premium, to be replaced by funds promised over the next two years and an alternative premium without the same guarantees as Fairtrade.

Sign the petition to urge Nestlé to reconsider

London celebrates 25 years of Fairtrade

September 24th, 2019 Comments off

It’s a quarter of a century since the FAIRTRADE Mark launched in the UK!

This autumn, Fairtrade London is proud to be joining the rest of the country to celebrate 25 years of trailblazing Fairtrade products.

We’re heading round London with some big Fairtrade Marks over the next two weeks and celebrating in style!

You can also join our celebration event on Saturday 5th October: book here.

Cafédirect Coffee Masterclass – Hackney

February 25th, 2019 Comments off

6pm-8pm, Thursday 28th March 2019
Cafédirect Roastery, Unit 4, Bayford Business Centre, Bayford Street, E8 3SE

This Coffee Masterclass is kindly being hosted by Cafédirect, one of the first Fairtrade & BCorp certified coffee companies, in order to raise funds for ActionAid. All of the ticket price (£25) will be going to a specific building project, that supports women & girls in Burundi, Kenya. Find out more about this project here.

Hosted in Cafédirect’s own roastery in London Fields, you will be given a special tour of the roastery and learn a little about the cherry to cup process. Led by one of Cafédirect’s Q graders in coffee, you will also discover the art of how to taste coffee properly (without milk) and will be able to sample fresh batches from a variety of different origins! The ticket price includes taking home a bag of Cafédirect coffee expertly hand-roasted by our Q graders. Snacks will be provided.

Book a ticket

The Fairtrade Experience – Leytonstone

February 23rd, 2019 Comments off

2pm-4pm, Saturday 9th March 2019
Community Hall, St. John’s Church, High Street Leytonstone, E11 1HH

Come along to explore what fairness means to you and the people who produce our food.

By chatting in our pop up cafe, playing giant snakes and ladders, shopping for Fairtrade goods, and immersing yourself in a virtual reality Fairtrade farm!

From 3pm we will be showing films and our panel will debate how fairness can be a part of our everyday culture.

Is Fairtrade political?

December 11th, 2018 Comments off

On 8th December Fairtrade activists from Harrow, Brent, Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston, led by the Harrow Fairtrade Campaign, met in Portcullis House, Westminster, hosted by Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark.

The topic for discussion was ‘Is Fairtrade political?’ and the answer was a resounding ‘yes’.

Mr Coyle addressed the meeting at the start. He commented: “Yes Fairtrade is political. Fairtrade has always been political. It took years of campaigners’ hard graft to win more ethical trading. We must defend the hard fought wins and continue working together to win better terms for farmers in all countries as well as more ethically sourced products for UK consumers.”

With 22 people present, including many with direct experience of conditions in countries such as Ghana and Barbados, a lively debate followed.

Some of the key points were:

• Fairtrade is a great way that farmers of products such as cocoa can gain a fair income from their work through forming a more personal link to consumers in London who consciously support them by buying products with the Fairtrade logo. In the case of Divine chocolate, farmers do even better as they own 44% of the company and therefore benefit from dividends and an allocation of 2% of turnover as well.

• Fairtrade needs to broaden its range of products further and to move into manufactured goods.

• Fairtrade cannot do everything – governments in producing countries need to be more ambitious, encouraging producers to move up the supply chain into manufacturing.

• The UK Government in turn needs to put the needs of producers living in poverty at the heart of international trade agreements.

• Fairtrade requires a long term approach, for example seeking the support of Borough Councils through their procurement policies. The Fairtrade Olympics of 2012 were an example of the success of this approach.

• Fairtrade’s focus on education is another rewarding long term approach, so that future citizens demand greater fairness in trade.

The conclusion was a shared sense that Fairtrade is indeed political, as it is about power. The present system of world trade serves the interests of rich and powerful companies and countries better than the interests of the farmers and primary producers on whom we all depend.

Sophi Tranchell, CEO of Divine Chocolate and Chair of Fairtrade London commented: “It is a sign of success that Fairtrade is sometimes criticised for being political. It shows that it has challenged the unjust status quo of the world’s trade system.”

The Fair Trade Charter

October 1st, 2018 Comments off

The World Fair Trade Organisation and Fairtrade International have launched an International Fair Trade Charter, supported by more than 250 diverse organisations, which sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read and support the International Fair Trade Charter

Venue for Ealing Fairtrade Group summer social

June 27th, 2018 Comments off

summer flowers

summer flowers

We’re looking for a venue in the borough of Ealing for a social, preferably free or low-cost …. Any suggestions?

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight!

March 6th, 2018 Comments off

Meet the people at the heart of Fairtrade – the Fairtrade farmers and workers. The people behind some of our favourite food and drinks.

In the words of Fairtrade banana farmer Diomedes, “Fairtrade is freedom, it’s communication, it’s sustainability, it’s empowerment, it’s everything for us in a world that’s so competitive”.

Come on in and hear the stories of the Fairtrade farmers.