What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is an international standard that certifies a wide range of products recognised to have been produced and sourced fairly. The status ensures that farmers, producers and communities in the Developing World are paid a fair price for the goods they offer. Globally, Fairtrade aims to improve the working conditions for farmers and local sustainability. Other benefits to the community of Fairtrade often include health care, education and clean water. Fairtrade enables community members to retain control over their lives whilst being appreciated for their work.
The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the Fairtrade Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards.
They envisage establishing a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.
The Fairtrade Foundation has awarded certification for a very extensive range of products - now over 3,000 Fairtrade products sold in the UK. Some of which include: tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, apples, citrus fruits, juices, biscuits, cakes, honey, jam, rice, herbs & spices, wines, yoghurt, ice cream, flowers, sports balls and cotton products.
Fairtrade within Worcester
Worcester gained Fairtrade Town status in 2006. Being a Fairtrade town is a great accolade for the city and one to be proud of. This was pioneered by the Worcester Trade Justice Network and was renewed by the Fairtrade Foundation in 2013.
Fairtrade in Schools
During Fairtrade weeks in the past, schools have been involved. There is normally a poster competition, asking local school children to design a poster which will be displayed in shops across Worcester. One year, Nunnery Wood High School held a debate with guest speakers followed by passionate young people debating the pros and cons of Fairtrade.
Fairtrade Fortnight takes place every year, normally at the end of February.
Please support the Fortnight by encouraging your friends, family and workplaces to buy Fairtrade products.