FAIRTRADE is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work. When you buy products with the FAIRTRADE mark, you support farmers and workers as they work to improve their lives and their communities.
The mark means that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2021
Fairtrade Fortnight is a fun-filled highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.
From 22 February to 7 March 2021, for two weeks, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks, and grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid. In 2021, Fairtrade Fortnight will feel very different as COVID-19 has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally and more than ever it’s important to continue to support Fairtrade through this time. The challenges that farmers face now are bigger than ever and poverty in farming communities makes it increasingly hard to cope with the effects of climate change.
As consumers WE have the power with our shopping choices to support Fairtrade and change the world. Buying Fairtrade is easy. Fairtrade goods are not necessarily ‘organic’ but have been traded fairly with an agreement with the farmers / growers / producers to earn a fair price for their produce.
There are over 6,000 Fairtrade products from coffee and tea to flowers and gold, so when you shop, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark.
There are so many ways to get involved in Fairtrade fortnight. Sign up to be the first to hear about the online festival events from cooking and crafting to discussion and debate, you won’t want to miss out!