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Choose the world we all want……..

That’s a world where the farmers and workers behind our every day essentials earn enough for a decent standard of life. And enough to deal with the effects of the climate crisis. They’ve contributed least to climate change but are already feeling worst effects of the crisis.

And make no mistake – it’s those farmers and workers in Central America, South East Asia, West Africa and low lying islands who are feeling the worst effects of the climate crisis already -despite having contributed least to that crisis.

They are seeing rising sea levels, increasingly frequent extreme weather, and declining soil quality. Climate change threatens their immediate future.

Unless they earn more, they will not be able to able to both deliver the essentials to their families and invest in the climate smart farming techniques they need to survive the changing climate. It’s that simple – only by tackling poverty can we tackle the climate crisis.

By choosing Fairtrade, you are choosing to stand with those people. The farmers and workers on the front line of the climate crisis. By supporting the work of Fairtrade around the world, you’re helping make our global Fairtrade community even stronger.

Let us convince more people here in the Bailiwick to buy Fairtrade, and ultimately deepen the impact Fairtrade makes to the lives of farmers and workers around the world.

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  To coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, which runs from 22nd February to 7th March, Fairtrade Guernsey is announcing the appointment of a new Patron. Sir Richard Collas, former Bailiff of Guernsey, succeeds Sir de Vic Carey, another former Bailiff, who stepped down in 2020 after 15 years. Sir de Vic was Fairtrade Guernsey’s founding Patron when the island first achieved Fairtrade status in 2006.

Sean McManus, Chair of the Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group, said:
“I truly welcome the willingness of Sir Richard Collas to become the new Patron of Fairtrade Guernsey. Very few individuals could step into the shoes of Sir de Vic Carey but Sir Richard brings that rare blend of experience and those hugely valuable skills which do so much to enhance the role of Patron in a community that remains genuinely proud of its Fairtrade Island status.”

Sir Richard Collas, new Patron of Fairtrade Guernsey, said:
“It is an honour to be invited to follow Sir de Vic as Patron of Fairtrade Guernsey and to continue to promote support for, and awareness of, the needs of other communities around the world. By supporting Fairtrade products, we can all contribute to improving working conditions for some of the most exploited and vulnerable workforces and to helping their communities to become more sustainable.”

Sir Richard’s career has been split between law and public service. After a successful career in law that led him to become a partner at Collas Day & Rowland, he was appointed to the office of Deputy Bailiff in 2005 and then in 2012 became the 89th Bailiff of Guernsey. In 2014 he was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his services. Since retirement, Sir Richard has become Chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation, director with Help A Guernsey Child and Les Bourgs Hospice, and is involved in a wide range of community activities and initiatives.

Sir de Vic Carey, outgoing Patron of Fairtrade Guernsey, said: “It has been an honour to serve as Patron of Fairtrade Guernsey for the last 15 years. Its continuing success in maintaining the profile of Guernsey as a Fairtrade Island is down almost entirely to the ongoing hard work and dedication of the small steering group supported by the good sense of Guernsey people in seeking out ethically sourced products when they are out shopping. I wish the new Patron and the steering group well.”

Fairtrade Fortnight continues until Sunday 7th March with a focus on how the climate crisis is impacting farmers and food supplies. Islanders are being encouraged to take part in a number of online activities and events to raise awareness of how choosing to buy Fairtrade can bring about lasting change – see Fairtrade Guernsey’s Facebook page for full details.


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Fairtrade Steering Group meeting…………

Are you passionate about trade justice, environmental protection and Guernsey’s contribution to these two global issues? Then come along to the Fairtrade Steering Group meeting on Thursday 1st October, 7.30pm at Capelles Community Centre. Amongst other things we’ll be planning activities for Fairtrade Fortnight in Feb/Mar 2021 – which will coincide with Guernsey’s 15th anniversary as a Fairtrade Island. We’d love to see some new faces! Feel free to message us if you’d like some more info.

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Celebrating 25 years of Fairtrade

Have you heard? It’s been 25 years since the FAIRTRADE Mark was launched in the UK and Fairtrade Community groups like Guernsey have been at the very centre of its success.

Together we’ve managed to spread its message of fairness far and wide. There are now more than 600 Fairtrade Communities in the UK and more than 2,000 globally. Join us this autumn in celebrating your achievements

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TONIGHT – Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group AGM followed by Special Fairtrade Meal…

……on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

…starting at 6.30 p.m. in The Drawing Room, Hotel de Havelet, St Peter Port.

….followed at 7.00 p.m. by enjoying the Special Fairtrade Menu (see attached) in the Copenhagen Bar and Grill.

Everyone welcome to both events. Please reserve your place for the meal to assist catering arrangements –

Hotel de Havelet Fairtrade Menu 2019

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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



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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.


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Could you help…….?

Guernsey has been recognised as a Fairtrade Island since March 2006 and the Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group continues to work to ensure a better deal for producers and farmers in poor developing countries. Meeting about six times a year and with a focus on Fairtrade Fortnight the team arrange various initiatives and often welcome Fairtrade visitors to the island. New members to join the Group are always very welcome and our next meeting is on 4 October 2018. If you’d like to help or want to know more, please contact Steve Mauger (email: Your input would be much appreciated, and looking to our AGM next year, we will also be looking to fill the following vacancies: Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Minute Secretary.