Join Fairtrades ethical advent with prizes to win each day

A year’s supply of chocolate, delightful Fairtrade Gold jewellery, thirty-six bottles of wine, or is it vegan peanut butter you’re after this Christmas? If you’re looking for an unusual and ethical way to count down to Christmas – then look no further! Want to celebrate without breaking the bank – sorted! Excited to learn more about where your gifts are coming from – no problem! This advent the Fairtrade Foundation has 24 very special doors for you to open in the run up to Christmas. From the 1st – 24th…

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Fairtrade leads the fight for decent incomes for cocoa farmers

With global cocoa prices stuck at unsustainably low levels, Fairtrade is moving a step closer towards securing a decent income for impoverished cocoa farmers – many of whom earn less than US$1 dollar a day. “Most cocoa farmers are unable to afford decent housing, food and education, and that will continue as long as chocolate traders, manufacturers and brands fail to address the issue of price,” said Fairtrade International CEO Darío Soto Abril. “Many farmers still live in extreme poverty.” As part of the solution to the huge power imbalances…

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New Fairtrade Code aims to strengthen global governance and accountability

The General Assembly of Fairtrade International has unanimously voted to adopt a new code of ethics and good practice aimed at strengthening and aligning governance, accountability and responsible behaviour across Fairtrade operations globally. Increased scrutiny of the international development sector has led many organisations to review and strengthen policies and procedures on ethical issues ranging from safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults to fraud and corruption, and whistleblowing.  In this context, the code lays out ten key principles to ensure Fairtrade organisations deliver on our values of accountability, respect, integrity…

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Fairtrade celebrates 25th birthday since first products launched in UK

This October Fairtrade kicks off its 25th birthday celebrations with a long weekend of parties, activities and events from Friday 4th- Monday 7th October 2019, which will see the public show their ongoing support for the 1.6million farmers and workers behind the UK’s most visible ethical label. Celebrating the 25th anniversary since the first few FAIRTRADE Mark certified products were launched by Cafédirect, Clipper tea, Green & Black’s and Percol Coffee in 1994, the Fairtrade Foundation thanks the public for fighting for the rights of vulnerable people who are exploited…

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New app to reduce the use of highly toxic pesticides is now available

Reducing the use of highly toxic pesticides and offering relevant information about non-chemical pest control alternatives is key in a world where around two million tons of pesticides are consumed every year and where around 25 million agricultural workers experience unintentional pesticide poisonings annually. The new app, called Pesticides and Alternatives, brings a wealth of scientific knowledge directly to the phones of farmers and plantation managers in developing countries so they can identify the least toxic pest control methods for their crop and typical pests. It contains information on non-chemical…

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