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What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is about giving the farmers and producers of many products we take for granted such as tea, coffee and bananas a ‘hand up and not a hand out’. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world who want to be able to support their families by providing decent housing, food, healthcare and education. Fairtrade means a fair salary for a fair day’s work for third world farmers and growers.
What is the FAIRTRADE Mark?
The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent consumer label which appears on UK products as a guarantee that they have given their producers a better deal. The Mark is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation, a registered charity set up by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft Exchange and the World Development Movement.
Trading standards stipulate that to use the mark traders must:
pay a price to producers that covers the costs of sustainable production and living
pay a 'premium' that producers can invest in development
make partial advance payments when requested by producers
sign contracts that allow for long-term planning and sustainable production practices
Many local stores and cafes now stock or sell fairly traded produce. The distinctive fairtrade mark can be found on over 1500 products sold in supermarkets in the UK and every time you purchase a fairtrade item, you are making a difference so well done!
What can you do?
- Check out the Fairtrade Foundation website, www.fairtrade.org.uk, for more information on how purchasing fairtrade products actually makes a difference.
- If you don’t see fairtrade products in your local store, use comments cards to highlight this or ask why not?
- The Fairtrade Foundation manage a programme aimed at schools, churches and communities whereby after completing a series of actions designed to raise and increase awareness, the participating group receives Fairtrade status.