Around 80m of these Easter goodies fly off UK shelves around this time of year, and so let’s egg on our friends and family to go Fairtrade for their seasonal chocolatey treat.
Because more of us choosing Fairtrade means more power and more pay in the hands of the hard-working cocoa farmers behind those Easter eggs.
And that means whole communities with more control over their future, and with more resources to build better lives and take on the climate crisis.
So let’s share the good news that this Easter it’s extra easy to take a bite in the right direction!
“WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUILD A SCHOOL, ACCOMMODATION FOR THE TEACHERS OF THE SCHOOL, WE HAVE RENOVATED THE HOSPITAL, WE HAVE GIVEN AN AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL, ALL OF THIS WITH THE FAIRTRADE PREMIUM. AND WE HAVE A PROJECT TO BUILD THE HEADQUARTERS THAT THE CO-OPERATIVE DESERVES BY THE END OF THE YEAR. WITHOUT FAIRTRADE WE WOULDN’T BE IN THIS POSITION.”
BENGALY BOURAMA, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE COOBADI CO-OPERATIVE IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE
Here is the Fairtrade Foundation’s pick of 14 ethical Fairtrade coffees, tried and tested and chosen for their people-friendly and eco-friendly credentials.
These coffees are ethical in a number of ways, but even being Fairtrade is enough for them to rightly claim ethical status. Being part of the Fairtrade system means that farmers are better protected against low and unpredictable incomes, it means they are paid a fair price and it means improved knowledge of sustainable farming practices, all of which make them better able to protect the local environment and address the challenges of the climate crisis.
When you choose Fairtrade, you are helping to protect people and planet. Start your day with one of these coffees and you’ll be starting the day right. Now, some may only be available in the UK, but that’s no excuse, shops in the Bailiwick have more than enough Fairtrade choice! ENJOY!
From 2020, all cocoa used in Waitrose & Partners confectionery products is sourced on Fairtrade terms.
Chocolate is a staple of many of our shopping baskets, however despite its popularity, income is low for many of the world’s cocoa farmers. Ninety percent of the world’s cocoa is grown on small family farms where income often fails to keep up with the rising costs of production. Many families in cocoa producing countries across West Africa and Latin America often struggle to access essentials like healthcare, food and education.
Fairtrade works to improve livelihoods by ensuring farmers receive a minimum price which covers their production costs, as well as an additional Premium to invest in their communities. Fairtrade supports cocoa co-operatives like CONACADO in the Dominican Republic. CONACADO is a co-operative representing nearly 10,000 smallholder cocoa farmers. Fairtrade has enabled farmers to participate in a diverse range of projects that contribute to both community, personal and economic development.
A Guide to Ethical and Conflict-Free Jewellery
This guide offers lots of helpful information such as:
- A good introduction to ethical jewellery and conflict-free production practices to educate and help raise awareness on the importance of responsible and conscious consumer choices.
- The impact of conflict minerals and how ‘conflict diamonds’ fuel violence, widespread corruption, and use of child labour. How unethical mining practices contribute to the destruction of the local environment and the plight of mining communities world-wide.
- Useful tips and advice on finding and buying jewellery from ethically sourced and transparent supply chains. For example, buyers can consult The Responsible Jewellery Council’s website to find suppliers that comply with the best business standards when it comes to ethical production.
- Other resources and information to help you make greener and more conscious choices when it comes to jewellery and other precious minerals.
New range just in to supplement the long-standing offering from Fair Trade pioneer TRAIDCRAFT…
Not only will you enjoy beautiful wines, you’ll also support Fairtrade farmers and workers in developing countries to get a better, fairer deal for their labours.
Dec 2019 Fairtrade Wines. A selection available in Guernsey.
Zebra View Sauvignon Blanc from M&S
Zebra View Cabernet Sauvignon from M&S
Dolphin Bay Merlot from M&S
Fairtrade Shiraz from Co-op
Fish Hock from Morrisons
W.O. Stellenbosch Pinotage from Waitrose
These are just a small selection of the Fairtrade wines available here in Guernsey.
Fairtrade is a simple way of fighting the unfairness that keeps millions of farmers in poverty.
So, this Christmas make sure your celebrations are shared with others.
For the first time UK coffee drinkers will be able to enjoy Fairtrade coffee from the Indonesian island of Java, launched exclusively at Waitrose.
This now means that all of the own-brand coffee sold in Waitrose is 100% Fairtrade.
This news comes as the market price for coffee remains below the Fairtrade Minimum Price, and this new deal will ensure around 150 coffee farmers in the region receive this safety net covering the cost of their coffee production and can develop their farms, and communities with the Fairtrade Premium.
Coffee is the world’s second most traded commodity after oil. The global coffee business is worth over US$200 billion a year.
Dutch social enterprise Fairphone have announced the launch of their latest smartphone: the Fairphone 3. The new, improved modular phone builds on the company’s previous achievements to deliver a sleek and durable device that closes the gap between performance and sustainability.
The phone is made with responsibly sourced and conflict-free tin and tungsten, recycled copper and plastics, and sources Fairtrade gold.
Fairphone was the first electronics manufacturer to integrate Fairtrade gold into its supply chain. Fairtrade gold drives environmental benefits for miners and their communities and delivers a Fair Price and Premium for re-investment into mine and community projects.
Fairphone is also in the process of setting up an initiative for better sourcing of cobalt, the key mineral for the energy transition.