If Black Lives Matter, So Does Fair Trade

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If black lives matter, so does Fairtrade. In fact, if you say that black lives matter, and yet buy tea, coffee, sugar, bananas, chocolate or even cotton or condoms which are not fairly traded, you are walking in the footsteps of slave traders and slave owners. You are continuing in …

In these uncertain times, Fair Trade is more important than ever

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When COVID-19 hit, Fairtrade organisations responded with speed. “Producer organizations quickly mobilized themselves to support their members and communities, like coffee producers in Colombia distributing food and hygiene packages to the elderly in their community, Brazilians helping to sanitize their cities, or Belizeans delivering masks”, said Xiomara Parades, Executive Director …

Fair Trade Masks

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Support fair trade businesses and communities by purchasing face masks from a verified Fair Trade Federation member! Click here to browse the full range of Fair Trade mask providers

30 Years of African Books Collective

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This year, African Books Collective celebrates 30 years of trading. You can learn here about the movement in which ABC was born, and here about how ABC now operates as a self-supporting, not-for-profit, social enterprise. A collection of poems by women in ANC camps and offices throughout Africa and the world. …

Fyffes Farms Exposed

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A new report, Fyffes Farms Exposed: The Fight for Justice on the Honduran Melon Fields, reveals long-term, ongoing human and workers’ rights violations on Fyffes melon farms in Honduras. Through a series of first-hand interviews and documentation, the report chronicles toxic chemical exposure and wage theft by Fyffes subsidiaries, as …

When the Machines Came

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  ‘When The Machines Came’ is a retelling of the history of cooperative enterprise as a folk tale. In an age of Big Tech and the shift to surveillance capitalism, the story asks whether democratic ownership and platform co-ops can offer an alternative once again for a fairer economy. The …

2020 Fair Trade Nation Lecture by Pauline Tiffen

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On 20 May, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Fair Trade, Pauline Tiffen, delivered the 2020 Fair Trade Nation Lecture organised by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. Pauline sought to answer the question “what can Fair Trade experience bring to leveraging economic change post Covid?” Watch the lecture here Read Sustainable …

Simon Wright podcast

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The Sustainable Food Trust podcast questions current food production methods and sheds light on the future of farming. Chief Executive Patrick Holden hears from a range of voices, including policymakers, business leaders, food producers and campaigners, about some of the issues facing farming systems across the world. In episode 3, …

In Memoriam: Bert Beekman (1952-2020)

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Bert Beekman, ‘the smiling pioneer of Fair Trade’, passed away on 23 March 2020, 17 years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Pauline Tiffen, editor in chief of the Journal of Fair Trade, wrote this short note to Bert in January 2020:   To Bert, Bert is unique. Unforgettable for the …

A Tribute to Mark Hayes

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A learned and thoughtful man, with a passionate and moral interest in economics, finance and money, Mark identified the historic and perpetual challenges in the financing of fair trade. He applied his unique knowledge of banking to tackle the distance, the trade cycles, the risks faced by small-scale producers on …