Celebrating Fairtrade Globally
On June 4, towns around the globe – including Madrid, Whitehorse City, Australia and Herne, Germany– celebrated the 1000th Fair Trade Town. A flurry of support for the movement is changing the way whole cities, towns and communities shop. Fair Trade Towns is a worldwide movement to change buying habits and build awareness of Fair Trade.
Read more about the celebrations here…
Watch a new video to learn more about the Fair Trade Town movement and how your town can become one here...
In addition more than 235 000 people shared Fairtrade breakfasts in this year’s global breakfast campaign. That’s more than double last year’s total. Breakfast feasts and events were held in 22 countries around the world, including Fairtrade producer countries such as Ghana and Brazil.
Read about a special Fairtrade breakfast in Tunisia where Fairtrade staff took a break from their meeting session to enjoy Fairtrade breakfast foods.
Photo of Fair Trade Town declaration in Herne, © Elmar Schumacher
Food Security in the Headlines
The 450 million small-scale farmers around the world – including those in the Fairtrade system – are among those hardest hit by current problems with food security.
But Fairtrade farmers are also part of the solution.
Find out more here…
EU Leaders Voice Support for Fair Trade
On 14 May – World Fair Trade Day – Jerry Buzek, President of the EU Parliament, was just one of many speaking out in support of Fair Trade.
Find out what he said here...
Revamped Fairtrade Standards Live
The New Standards Framework is a monumental change to Fairtrade Standards, making them easier to understand and more adaptable to producers’ diverse development needs.
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Find out what Indian farmers think of the revamped Standards…
Banana Activists Speak out for Change…
From plantation worker to consumer activist: a whole spectrum of banana experts met at Fairtrade International’s offices to discuss Fairtrade’s work in the banana industry. The Euroban network congratulated Fairtrade International on its work done so far and also discussed their European campaign to “Make Fruit Fair”.
Cadbury goes Fairtrade in South Africa
Cadbury Dairy Milk will be the first Fairtrade certified confectionery available in South Africa. The company’s iconic plain chocolate bar will be Fairtrade certified towards the end of this year.
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Cafédirect: A pioneering Fairtrade company
A long-standing partner of Fairtrade, Cafédirect was one of the first ever companies to use the Fairtrade Certification Mark.
More than 20 years on, the company has expanded its operations and has become the UK’s largest Fairtrade hot drinks company.
Learn more about this “Fairtrade pioneer” here…