Maria Black becomes first luxury jewellery brand to join new Fairtrade gold sourcing programme

Maria Black becomes the first luxury jewellery brand to join the new Fairtrade Gold Sourcing Programme (GSP) on 3 December 2021. In 2021, which marks 10 years of Fairtrade Gold, the programme was launched to enable more jewellery brands and businesses to source from an ethical supply chain.  Maria Black’s IMPACT gold alloy, which is available in some UK stores comprises 30% Fairtrade Gold and 70% recycled gold. Maria Black’s support for Fairtrade Gold means miners will benefit from the Fairtrade Standards, including fair prices and investment through the Premium,…

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Co-op commits international aid investment and launches climate change commitments for Fairtrade producers

Co-op has announced a commitment to continue to spend more than 0.7% of its pre-tax profit to international aid and has joined forces with Fairtrade Africa and Fairtrade Foundation to support producers combating the effects of climate change. The convenience retailer makes the announcement as it launches its latest report – Climate Justice for People and Planet – which calls for increased business accountability to protect and invest in the resilience and transition of global supply chains in the face of the climate crisis. Co-op’s expansion of its partnership with Fairtrade Africa will…

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Fairtrade Launches Global ‘Bitter Sweet’ Campaign To Unwrap A Fairer Future For Cocoa Farmers

Fairtrade has unveiled a new global campaign, Bitter Sweet, featuring a stop-motion animation, “Unwrap a Fairer Future,” that literally unwraps the bitter truth behind unethical cocoa sourcing practices by some major chocolate manufacturers. From July 1-7, 2021, this global campaign reached people in 22 countries leading up to the film’s global debut across Fairtrade’s owned social channels on World Chocolate Day, July 7, 2021. ”Unwrap a Fairer Future” is a specially commissioned campaign film designed to show how choosing Fairtrade chocolate can change the lives of cocoa farmers. Produced by…

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Fairtrade Commits to a Better Future for Thousands of Banana Farmers

Fairtrade International announces a comprehensive approach to supporting banana farmers in 2021 and beyond through efforts to achieve living wages and improve working conditions. Fairtrade’s new Base Wage for banana workers will benefit thousands of workers on Fairtrade-certified banana estates and make significant strides toward a sustainable living wage. While living wages are the most pressing challenge facing the banana sector, Fairtrade is taking a holistic view by also implementing initiatives to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of banana farmers in the workplace, including health and safety, gender equity,…

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Fairtrade takes big step towards living wages for banana workers worldwide

Fairtrade has announced a new base wage for all Fairtrade certified banana plantations. The revised standard marks a unique move towards a living wage, benefitting thousands of workers. The new Fairtrade Base Wage is set at 70% of the take-home pay needed for a living wage and will be paid from 1 July 2021 onwards. It applies to all countries and is unique amongst certification schemes in making a concrete step towards a living wage – that is, a wage that provides workers enough for food, healthcare, schooling and other…

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