Fairtrade becomes a member of the International Cocoa Initiative

Fairtrade and ICI have already started working together to enhance the effectiveness of their respective efforts towards child labour reduction. Amongst other things, the two organizations will compare approaches and results on their respective Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation Systems (CLMRS), exploring how they might be more easily embedded in supply chains and scaled-up across communities. “We’re excited to be linking ICI’s child protection expertise with Fairtrade’s mission to improve farmer livelihoods and tackle farmer poverty” said Nick Weatherill, ICI’s Executive Director. “By tapping into Fairtrade’s extensive sustainability footprint across…

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New Leadership School Strengthens Women Farmers

Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. Yet in many of the countries where Fairtrade works, women farmers receive lower pay than men, are often unable to own land and struggle to access loans or training. Fairtrade’s Gender Strategy places special emphasis on training to strengthen women at producer organizations. As part of this, the Fairtrade Network of Asia & Pacific Producers has launched a new gender leadership school. It focuses on business skills which can be a powerful tool for women, providing practical training in skills such…

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Fairtrade secures funding from the EU to advance the Sustainable Development Goals

The European Union has confirmed a multi-year grant to Fairtrade International to serve as a key strategic partner for the EU’s commitments to Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships to support the other 16 goals. The funding will support the three regional Fairtrade Producer Networks, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office and Fairtrade International to strengthen our operations and institutional capacity in the following areas: Internal governance, including 2025 strategy development, roll-out of a global safeguarding mechanism Capacity building and expanding inclusive representation of women, youth and workers in Producer Network governance…

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Waitrose & Partners increase support to Fairtrade farmers with new cocoa commitment

Waitrose & Partners has committed to making all cocoa in its own brand confectionery 100% Fairtrade by the end of the year. The conversion to Fairtrade cocoa in all own brand confectionery will significantly increase the volume of Fairtrade cocoa sold in Waitrose & Partners stores, helping to improve living standards for cocoa farmers. The commitment will extend to over 100 confectionery lines and increase the supermarket’s annual Fairtrade investment to more than $3.3 million, a figure that supports farmers, workers and producer organisations across the Fairtrade network. Announced at…

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Fairtrade launches unique countdown to Christmas with festive Fairtrade gifts

Get in the festive spirit with Fairtrade’s online advent calendar, each day you could be in for winning a Fairtrade gift! Stunning Fairtrade jewellery, radical pale ale, a month’s supply of popcorn and £100 worth of Fairtrade flowers for Christmas – Fairtrade’s got your Christmas countdown sorted! After a successful first year, the Fairtrade online advent calendar returns to bring a diverse, delicious and divine range of Fairtrade prizes. Each day from 1st December to 24th December you can enter the competition to win a sensational gift to treat yourself…

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