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Do you like great chocolate, coffee, tea, bananas?

Do you like great chocolate, coffee, tea, bananas?
Do you shop fair by choosing Fairtrade?
Could you spare an hour or two to help Guernsey remain a Fairtrade Island?

The Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group started in 2005 and this small group of volunteers would welcome new people to join in.

In the near future there will be vacancies for:
Assistant Secretary
Minute Secretary

The above positions support a small, friendly and welcoming team and we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact: Steve Mauger for further information





Dr Nyagoy - The Future of Trade Conference

Delegates at a high-profile conference on trade call for a fundamental shift in consumers’ understanding of the lives of famers and producers in the developing world.

The call to arms came from Michael Fletcher, Retail Chief Commercial Officer at Co-op, during a Fairtrade conference at the Crystal in East London on October 10. Michael Fletcher addressed the true impacts of unfair trade and the harm this is causing for communities around the world, encouraging the public to see this the same way Blue Planet showed the impact of plastic on the world’s oceans.

Other delegates, including Fairtrade CEO Michael Gidney, agreed that consumers needed to have their eyes opened to the plight of the farmers and consumers who toil to make the products, such as coffee, bananas and tea, which we take for granted.

The conference, entitled ‘The Future of Trade: Can it work for everyone?’ brought together Fairtrade supporters, producers, commercial partners and NGOs to discuss and debate critical topics such as gender equality in global trade, the future of transparency in supply chains, climate change adaptation and how to achieve living incomes for producers. Delegates heard from Fairtrade producers and farmers who spoke passionately about the impact of Fairtrade.

Xiomara Paredes, Executive Director, Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers, emphasised the importance of farmers being able to access a stable market through Fairtrade, she said: “Fairtrade brings huge benefit for producers. I see every day the changes Fairtrade makes in the lives of farmers.”

Ahead of a panel discussion on gender equality, Paredes spoke about the importance of empowering women in the Fairtrade system: “Fairtrade is enabling women to participate in decisions, there are national platforms, boards they are part of and they have greater visibility. It is empowering when you are able to make your own decisions, you decide your destiny,” she added.

The event also saw the launch of Fairtrade’s innovative new ways of working with business to complement traditional certification.  Companies are now able to work with Fairtrade on bespoke programmatic work or take advantage of Fairtrade’s expertise to gain a better understanding of their supply chains.

The recent crash in coffee prices has shown the fragility of global trading systems and demonstrated the urgent need for action. The crash means that the price farmers receive for the crop is less than cost of production. Fairtrade farmers are protected from the volatility of the market by the Fairtrade minimum price, which guarantees them a price above the cost of production as well as an additional sum of money, in the form of the Fairtrade premium, paid on every kg sold on Fairtrade terms.

Michael Gidney, Fairtrade Foundation CEO, said: “Fairtrade is nearly 25-years-old and in that time we have made great strides in improving the lives of millions of farmers and producers across the developing world. However, we know that much more needs to be done.

“Issues like gender inequality, child labour, modern slavery and climate change are entrenched in a global system of trade that is still rigged against farmers and workers. To tackle these challenges we must work together.

“It is wonderful to see so much passion and desire for change from commercial partners and campaigners. We will not rest until we create a world where everyone receives fair pay for hard day’s work and a decent price for his or her crop.”

Michael Fletcher, Co-op Retail Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Fairtrade is the gold standard of ethical labels. Consumers tell us this, governing bodies tell us this and Fairtrade producers tell us this. Anything else frankly, falls short.

“Consumers aren’t aware of the issues that exist. Those that are, find it difficult to make informed choices due to the varying schemes which retailers and brands support, with the most vulnerable in our food chain paying the greatest price for this confusion.

“There’s clearly more work to be done in helping everyone understand exactly what Fairtrade stands for. That means ending the proliferation of ethical labels and putting our full weight behind a conversation about global fairness.”

Elsewhere at the event new Fairtrade Foundation Chair of Trustees Lord Mark Price, former CEO of Waitrose, John Lewis and Trade Minister, gave his view on the future of Fairtrade and his role.

The conference challenged Lord Price and Michael Gidney about the decision of some companies to move away from Fairtrade in favour of in-house certification schemes. Lord Price stated that while Fairtrade is open to working with businesses in new ways certification will always remain at the heart of the organisation. He added that products carrying the Fairtrade mark will continue to enjoy a higher level of trust and recognition than any other ethical label. The view from Lord Price and Gidney was clear – if a company decides they want Fairtrade’s support to put the fair treatment of farmers and producers at the core of their business, to make it business as usual, then Fairtrade would, through its range of business services, support that action – without the use of the MARK.

Support for Fairtrade has never been stronger. Fairtrade sales in the UK grew by 7% in 2017, while the international market has grown by 15% every year for the last 30 years. Meanwhile 91% of consumers in the UK are aware of the Fairtrade mark with 80% saying they trust it.




Commenting on BBC1’s Fashion’s Dirty Secret: Stacey Dooley Investigates, aired 8th October 2018, a spokesperson for the Fairtrade Foundation said:

“Fashion’s Dirty Secrets, shown on prime time BBC1, provides a wakeup call to all fashion lovers who don’t realise the impact our insatiable appetite for cheap throwaway clothing is having on communities around the world. The programme opens our eyes to how the fashion industry has spun completely out of control, and how it has become one of the most toxic and water intensive industries. Ultimately, someone somewhere is paying the price for our cheap clothing; whether it’s the environment, a child sewing your clothes in Asia or a refugee in another part of the world.

“Globally we’re producing over 100 billion new garments from new fibres every single year, and the planet cannot sustain that. Systemic change is needed to the way the fashion industry sources cotton, as it is also responsible for providing a livelihood for 300 million people who work in the cotton sector. For farmers, the challenges range from the impact of climate change, poor prices for cotton, through to competition from highly subsidised producers in rich countries and poor terms of trade.”

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Steering Group Meeting – Thursday 4 October 2018 – All welcome…..

The next meeting of the Group will be held at Capelles Community Centre (adjacent to Capelles Methodist Church, St Sampson’s) at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 4 October 2018.

A key part of the meeting will be to start planning for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019.

Anyone interested in the work of Fairtrade is very welcome to come along and contribute if they wish.

Enquiries: Steve Mauger.



How recycling is improving the environment in Honduras thanks to the Fairtrade Premium

Recycling is now an issue of immense global importance as the world aims to minimise the negative impact of waste on the natural environment.

Shabbir Adamali is working with COMSA (Café Organica Marcala), an association of small-scale organic coffee producers, on a waste management project in Honduras funded in part by the Fairtrade Premium.

The aim is to reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and dispose of waste material. Currently there is no culture of recycling solid waste in Marcala. People burn, bury and throw their waste in the river. As the population grows, water pollution becomes a major issue bringing with it various diseases if not controlled. The burning of waste in open fields also creates contamination of air quality and increases the pollutant level in greenhouse gases.

So far they have built 4 transfer stations and a recycling centre that processes around 1.5 tonnes of waste daily. The proper handling of solid waste will result in a reduction of greenhouse gases every year by up to 20 percent. What’s more, 70 percent of the waste is recycled into different parts; organic compost, metal, plastic, paper and glass and the upcycling from these waste products will create jobs and new businesses.

The project benefiting the community. So far the pilot project has benefited 230 children at CIS (Comsa International School) as well as those directly involved in Comsa; its 300 employees and their family members. As the project evolves, it will benefit more and more people across the city of Marcala which has a population of 25,000. The future of the project? Currently they do not have means to dispose the non recyclable waste, which goes to the open municipality dump site and contaminates air and ground water. The project needs to buy the proper incinerator to control the waste that cannot be recycled.

COMSA (Café Organica Marcala) is an association of small-scale organic coffee producers located in the La Paz region of western Honduras. The project is called the Junto Limpiamos Marcala (JLM). You can find out more about the project and follow progress on their website.


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Fairtrade Organic September

Did you know that over 50% of Fairtrade farmers choose to grow their produce organically? By working with nature they protect the environment and themselves from harmful chemicals, and they can improve their livelihoods, as they often get a better price too.

We’re celebrating Organic September with our friends over at the Soil Association by sharing ten of our favourite Fairtrade and organic products over on our blog. With over 1000 available it was really hard to choose!

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Easyjet now offering Clipper Fairtrade Teas

  Six organic and Fairtrade teas from Clipper’s portfolio is now available to over 90 million passengers annually. Not only is the tea organic it will also be served in cups made from plants not plastic. The plastic-free cups are fully compostable, made from sustainably-sourced card and lined with plant-based PLA. Clipper never uses bleach to whiten the bag and is working to develop a fully-biodegradable, GM-free tea bag from solely plant-based materials.

Founded in Dorset in 1984 and now the world’s largest Fairtrade tea brand, Clipper is thrilled to be supplying easyJet and looking forward to seeing Clipper’s Fairtrade tea served in the skies for the first time.”

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Is the Coffee Industry Guilty of Exploitation?

Is the Coffee Industry Guilty of Exploitation?

by Peter d’Angremond of Max Havelaar Foundation

The price for Arabica coffee beans has plummeted in recent weeks to below production costs, jeopardising the livelihoods of 25 million coffee farming families worldwide. Peter d’Angremond of Max Havelaar Foundation discusses the impact of the price crash and what we must do now to protect coffee farmers.

Coffee farmers rang the alarm bell this week due to the price of coffee beans dropping to a dramatic low. This threatens the already fragile existence of 25 million farming families worldwide. We can no longer turn a blind eye to what is happening.

This week, Brazil and Colombia, who together produce half of the world’s coffee, published a affirming the fact that farmers are forced to sell their coffee far below cost price.

The disastrous situation in the coffee sector is confirmed by recent figures. At the end of 2016, the price of Arabica coffee on the New York Stock Exchange was $1.55 per pound (454 grams). Since then the price has dropped further to a dramatic low point this week of less than one dollar per pound. Due to the extreme decline of 30% in price, farmers could be facing an annual loss of more than 11 billion dollars of income. No development programme can bridge this gap.

Sustainability is on everyone’s lips these days and often we think we are doing a good job. The coffee-producing countries state that while many large multinational companies do promote and act on sustainability, these activities are completely negated by their commercial practices. The recently released report ‘Coffee Barometer‘ comes to the same conclusion. Of the total value of coffee (around 200 billion dollars in 2015), only 10% stays in the countries of origin. In total, large companies spend approximately 350 million dollars a year on sustainability. Set against the income loss of 11 billion dollars, this is a drop in the ocean.


By paying prices that are too low, the coffee industry is at least partly responsible for human rights issues such as poverty, child labour, poor working conditions as well as environmental damage. In sustainability discussions, talking about a ‘decent price’ is taboo. Industry largely refuses to commit to decent prices for farmers.

In the UK, Fairtrade, which is the only certification mark that requires a minimum price of coffee buyers ($1.40 per pound), has a market share of around 25%. This means that for 3 quarters of all packs of coffee in the UK supermarket, no price security is offered for coffee farmers. They are then dependent on the vagaries of the market.

It is time that coffee brands, supermarkets and the industry take structural responsibility by adjusting their purchasing policy.

And do we, as consumers, want to be involved in the exploitation of coffee farmers by buying their products?