Fairtrade Guernsey once again serving Fairtrade Mulled Wine at the St Martin’s Parish Christmas Fayre.
Fairtrade Guernsey once again serving Fairtrade Mulled Wine at the St Martin’s Parish Christmas Fayre.
The Business Pledge
Businesses sourcing from Fairtrade farmers see the climate crisis hitting the people in their supply chains disproportionately hard. Increasingly volatile and extreme weather is damaging crops and harming livelihoods in farming communities, making it harder to grow the goods their customers rely on.
This is an emergency. Unless we clamp down hard on global emissions and support farmers in low- and middle-income countries to build resilience, all of us will suffer, from farmers to consumers. Businesses are urging world governments to listen to the voices of farmers – the people who grow our food and other essential goods – as they call for urgent action at COP26. We welcome the open letter from the representatives of 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers across the world and urge governments to respond in full.
Governments must set ambitious, science-based rules and targets that do not allow unscrupulous businesses to ignore the damage they are causing to the planet, and which encourage responsible businesses to do more.
Business too must take a lead. They now commit ourselves to the following action in their international supply chains, and call on other businesses to do likewise.
* We promise to pay fair prices to producers – farmers and workers should not have to choose between tackling poverty and building resilience to the climate crisis. Our Fairtrade commitments are critical to achieving this.
* We promise to be long-term partners with farming communities, listening to the experience of farmers, sharing our expertise and investing in the urgent transitions farmers need. We back a shift in food production and supply, to one that is resilient to the changing climate, including backing nature-based solutions. We will support farmers as we work together to cut the emissions embedded throughout our supply chains.
* We promise to ‘know and show’ our climate impact, by measuring carbon emissions embedded in our supply chains, assessing the climate risks faced at farm level, and publishing the results. We want to raise awareness about the challenges, the practical solutions, and the need for others to raise their game.
* Finally, we promise to speak out, calling in public and private for governments to set and deliver ambitious targets for emissions reductions and climate finance that puts farmers and workers first.
What the Business Pledge is all about
The businesses who are signing the Business Pledge are committing to keep climate justice at the heart of their work. That means paying fairer prices so farmers can take on the climate crisis they see every day. It means being honest about the climate impact of their own business models, and working hard to reduce those impacts.
It also means investing in the expertise of farmers and workers when doing this work, so the burden and cost of adaption to climate change is not just met by farmers and workers on the front line of the climate crisis.
The companies who have signed the pledge are – (deep breath) – Bartlett Mitchell, Ben and Jerry’s, BIDBI, Bewleys, Cafédirect, Coliman, Cru Kafe, Clipper Tea, Co-Op, Cooperative Coffees, Divine Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Gregg’s, Kaladi Coffee Roasters, La Siembra Cooperative, Liberation Nuts, Lofbergs, Matthew Algie, Marks & Spencer, Navitas Organics, Nespresso, Numi Tea, People Tree, WARP Snacks, Tony’s Chocolonely, Quinola and Waitrose and Partners.
As global leaders meet at the COP26 UN climate summit, Fairtrade farmers and workers are calling for urgent action.
Climate change is already severely damaging the lives and livelihoods of farming communities who grow so much of our food. They are on the front line of a worsening crisis they have done the least to cause. And deeply unfair trade means many simply cannot earn enough to adapt to rapid changes in weather.
That’s why 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers are calling on politicians at the COP26 summit to Be Fair with your Climate Promise.
Farmers and workers are challenging leaders at COP26 to invest in the expertise of their communities, who see the realities of the climate crisis every day.
And they are demanding the wealthiest countries start being honest about their own carbon footprints, and work together to create trade deals and laws that encourage investment in the sustainable solutions many Fairtrade farmers are already pioneering.
Fairtrade farmers and workers know that if we don’t speak out now, it will be too late. Will you join them in challenging our politicians to Be fair with the climate promise?
“We need to solve the problem of climate change. It’s not helping farmers at all. It’s caused bad production, I’ve had to drop out from education, I don’t have income to support myself.”
In just a few words Ghanaian cocoa farmer Ellen Nyarko captures why the climate crisis really is a crisis.
It’s so important we stand with farmers like Ellen as they challenge politicians at COP26. We need to tell the world’s wealthiest nations it’s time to take responsibility for the climate crisis.
So many Fairtrade farmers are already working on innovative ways they can tackle the climate crisis they face every day. One of them, Bismark Kpabitey, joined Ellen last week to explain to Fairtrade supporters around the world how his agroforestry initiative was both protecting the environment and allowing his community to earn more.
Great work like Bismark’s costs money. Farmers like Bismark could do so much more if politicians from the world’s wealthiest countries finally delivered on a decade-old promise to create a $100 billion fund for the communities most affected by the climate crisis. We must challenge politicians to keep their promises on the climate crisis. Promises to increase funding, to cut their own emissions and to create a fairer future.
An unfair climate crisis: Although Bismark and Ellen are working hard to adapt to the changing climate, and their communities contributed very little to the climate crisis, they are feeling the worst effects. Increasingly extreme weather combined with unsustainably low cocoa prices threatens the immediate future of their communities. This simply isn’t fair. Generations of exploitation of people and planet by the world’s wealthiest countries caused this crisis.
Saturday 18 September, 2021, 12.00 noon to 2.00 p.m., Rousse Car Park, Fairtrade refreshments, All welcome.
What a great turnout for this afternoon’s #GreatBigGreenWeek beach clean with The Clean Earth Trust. Lots of rubbish collected – including drain pipes, shoes, and even a part of a computer – followed by some well deserved Fairtrade cake & cuppas.
Thanks to everyone who came along (60 of you!) and to the fantastic CET volunteers who sorted and counted all the rubbish afterwards.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
ONE DAY ONE CHOIR
HOST CHOIR FESTIVA – DIR. JOSE PAINE
GUEST SOPRANO – JEMIMAH PAINE
LEADING ISLAND PERSONALITIES
CHILDRENS CHOIR ‘LES ENCORE’
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST
AT THE CHURCH OF ST PIERRE du BOIS, 7.00 p.m.
FREE: ENTRY & PROGRAMME
FREE: FAIRTRADE REFRESHMENTS
DONATIONS: TUMAINI CHARITY PLENTY PARKING
INFORMATION : ROY 07781435489
What is World Chocolate Day?
World Chocolate Day is sometimes referred to as International Chocolate Day. It takes place on 7 July every year, and put simply, it’s a celebration of all things chocolate! The event was created in 2009. In some countries around the world, the day is celebrated on different dates. But July 7 was chosen for World Chocolate Day because this day is thought to be around the time that chocolate was introduced to European countries. It quickly became a favourite treat in South Africa and across the world!
Why is World Chocolate Day Celebrated?
World Chocolate Day is all about eating chocolate! It’s a celebration of chocolate creations everywhere. No matter what your favourite brand or kind of chocolate is, anyone can celebrate by treating themselves to a little nibble on 7 July. Think of it like a celebration of chocolate becoming well-known and well-loved around the world. Americans celebrate International Chocolate Day on 13 September, because this was the birthday of Milton Hershey, the founder of the Hershey chocolate company.
What is the history of chocolate?
Chocolate originated in Mexico, where Olmec people grew cacao for the first time. The cacao tree species is thought to be around 100 million years old! Word of mouth tales speak of the Olmecs using cacao to make drinks, but there’s no written evidence of this. Their knowledge was passed to the Ancient Maya, who lived in Mexico and Central America. They transformed chocolate into a spiced drink that was used in special ceremonies.
Cacao became a precious commodity, and later the Aztecs used cacao for trade, even using the seeds as a form of money! Cacao was presented to Christopher Columbus in 1502 as he explored the new world. Initially, he thought that the beans were a new type of almond. The true significance of chocolate wasn’t discovered by the wider world until 1519. It was in this year that Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortez arrived in Central America and saw the Aztec emperor drinking ‘Xocalatl’, which would come to be known as the earliest known hot chocolate.
Ten years later, Cortez set up a cacao plantation for trading and the beans and recipe where transported to Spain, where cinnamon and other spices were added to it along with sugar to make it sweeter. Cacao on its own is very bitter! Chocolate spreads across Europe then, with this first chocolate house opening in London in 1657. Chocolate remains a drink until 1830, when the first moulded chocolate bar was produced.
When you choose Fairtrade chocolate, you know that the farmers and workers who produced the cocoa in it, received an additional Fairtrade Premium on top of the price of their crop which they can invest in their communities and use to fight the effects of climate change.
The price of cocoa beans has slumped in recent years despite high demand, and disease and age are damaging cocoa trees. Young people are increasingly reluctant to choose cocoa farming as a career, because the pay and rewards are so limited for what is a very labour intensive job.
Fairtrade cocoa farmers in places like Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are guaranteed the Fairtrade minimum price for their crop, plus an additional Fairtrade Premium. It means they are more likely to be able to cover household costs like education, food and healthcare and invest the extra Premium to benefit the wider community, such as buying hospital and school equipment.
….on Saturday 26 June 2021, from 12 to 4 at the AGC Government House Charities Fete.
We’re pleased to support this charity and will be there to offer Fairtrade refreshments. Enjoy a great afternoon in the sun!
Coffee, cocoa, bananas and many other products we rely on come from small farms in countries already badly affected by climate change.
Here are some of the inspiring and innovative ways farmers and Fairtrade are tackling the effects of climate change.
Our AGM will take place on Thursday 20th May at 6.30 pm, in the Writing Room upstairs at Moores Hotel and a table is booked for dinner afterwards at JB Parker’s. As usual, both the AGM and the dinner are open to partners, friends and other interested parties.