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Steering Group Meeting – Thursday 3 May 2018

The next meeting of the Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group will be held on Thursday 3 May 2018, 7.30 p.m., at Capelles Community Centre. (Main church building close to Hautes Capelles School, St Sampson’s).

Anyone interested in the work of Fairtrade is welcome to attend.

For any further details please contact the Secretary, Steve Mauger, on 728064 / email: stevemauger@cwgsy.net

 

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Fashion Revolution Day 2018

Since the first Fashion Revolution Day five years ago, millions of people have taken action, and companies are starting to act too. Over 150 brands have published the locations of the factories where their clothes are made, and hundreds of factories are safer places to work.

But there’s still a long way to go. The majority of the roughly 75 million people who work to make our clothes continue to live in poverty, unable to afford life’s basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe and dirty conditions, with very little pay. 80% are women between the ages of 18 and 35.

Support Fashion Revolution Week by asking brands who made your clothes, and of course, ask others to do the same. It’s easy to do, and you’ll find much more information at www.fairtrade.co.uk

In the world of clothing, Fairtrade is best known for bringing a better deal to cotton farmers, at the start of the garment supply chain. The Fairtrade Textile Standard is a new initiative to bring Fairtrade benefits across the entire garment sector.

Watch the brand new film Unravelling the Thread, which shines a light on the dark side of the fashion industry, and shows the role consumers can play.

Fairtrade Fortnight News

Thank you for helping to make Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 a great success.

Thanks to all FTF18

With support from community groups, local traders and many families and individuals, the 2018 Fairtrade Fortnight can be judged a considerable success. Activities included a lecture, coffee morning, the ever-popular quiz and several Fairtrade meals… including a breakfast. Media coverage has been particularly favourable this year, boosted by our ability to host two very media-friendly guests from Indonesia. A huge thank you and well done to you all!

Best wishes, Sean McManus,

Chairman, Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group.

News Products

Fairtrade Easter Eggs………

Still on the hunt for an Easter egg? Well look no further! We’ve rounded up a selection of some of our Fairtrade favourites for you.

Choose Fairtrade this Easter and you’re closing the door on exploitation by supporting farmers and workers in their fight for a fairer deal. Through Fairtrade, thousands of cocoa farmers are earning their way out of poverty and transforming their futures by investing in vital training and better equipment so they can grow and sell more cocoa on fairer terms.

So if you’re planning on celebrating Easter by sharing a chocolate egg or two, take a look at this cracking line-up…

Aldi Single Origin Egg
A dark and milk chocolate egg printed with beautiful designs inspired by Peru and Ghana.£4.99

Where to buyfind your nearest Aldi store here.

Divine Tangy Orange Easter Egg
Divine have added two delicious new flavours of Easter eggs to their range this year – Tangy Orange and Mint Crisp. £4.99

Where to buyDivine’s online shop, Waitrose, Oxfam, Traidcraft, Ocado and many independent shops.

Co-op Irresistible Single Origin Ecuadorian Milk Chocolate Cocoa Pod
New from Co-op and voted best milk chocolate egg in a blind tasting by Good Housekeeping. Comes with milk truffles. £7

Where to buyfind your nearest Co-op store here.

Meaningful Chocolate Company, The Real Easter Egg
This special edition egg comes with an orange milk chocolate bar, a storybook about Easter and a cross keyring made from olive wood. £9.99

Where to buy: Traidcraft, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and many independent shops.

Plamil Dairy Free Chocolate Egg
With all the deliciousness of milk chocolate without the dairy, this organic vegan egg is gluten and nut free and has ditched the plastic packaging too! £3.99

Where to buy: Plamil’s online shop, Holland & Barrett, Ethical Superstore.

About us Fairtrade Fortnight News

Guernsey has once again achieved reaccreditation as a Fairtrade Island.

Statement by the President of the States of Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission, Deputy Emilie Yerby.

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Statement on Fairtrade

Sir

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Guernsey has once again achieved reaccreditation as a Fairtrade Island, a status we have held for twelve years now, since our first accreditation in March 2006. This means that we are proud to promote Fairtrade across our community, and are active in increasing local support for it.

The concept of Fairtrade is simple and elegant, and it is focused on ensuring that farmers and labourers in the world’s poorest countries get a better deal.

The Fairtrade Mark is a label States Members will have seen on many products – most famously tea and coffee, chocolate and bananas, but there’s a lot more out there: from rice to wine, sports balls to cut flowers, honey and spices to gold and silver jewellery.

The Fairtrade Mark tells you something about the producers of the product. It tells you that the production meets minimum social and environmental standards – including, for example, the avoidance of child labour; basic health and safety protections; and careful management of soil fertility and water resources. It tells you that the producers were paid at least a minimum price for their goods, as well as a premium to be reinvested in their communities or in developing their business.

As consumers, we may choose Fairtrade products for ethical or economic reasons – because they give us some comfort as to the working conditions of those who have produced our food; because they support entrepreneurship in developing countries; because they offer a direct route to help improve the lives of the world’s poorest, through trade rather than aid.

And that is where we come in. Fairtrade relies on basic economic principles: the supply of decent, ethically-produced goods relies on there being a demand for it. And there is – we know that in the UK, for example, at least one in three bananas sold is Fairtrade. That demand grows as people understand what the Fairtrade Mark is about, and how it can help disadvantaged producers. Fairtrade Towns and Islands – like us – apply for that status to show that we are committed to raising awareness of Fairtrade across our communities, and encouraging its use.

Deputy Gollop is the only remaining States Member of the group of nine who signed a Requête, led by former Deputy Mike Torode, that committed Guernsey to becoming a Fairtrade Island, and that sought, especially, to underline the States’ particular support for Fairtrade, with Fairtrade refreshments being served in all government buildings and at all government events. That commitment goes on and, while the Overseas Aid & Development Commission has agreed to take the lead in championing Fairtrade across the States, it will depend on all of us to really support and embed Fairtrade across our areas of work.

Fairtrade Fortnight began this week and will run until 11th March – two weeks in which the local Fairtrade steering group will be working especially hard to raise awareness, with public events, school assemblies and a range of other opportunities to learn about and support Fairtrade, to which all are invited. It is hugely encouraging to be able to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight with the good news that Guernsey has received reaccreditation, and I want to close by putting on record my thanks to all those whose hard work has got us this far, and who will continue to put every effort into ensuring that Guernsey lives up to its status as a Fairtrade Island