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Fairtrade Foundation

Fairtrade Foundation


How or why was The Fairtrade Foundation formed?

 The Fairtrade Foundation was set up to tackle poverty and injustice through trade, because producers are not getting a fair deal. The Foundation works with businesses, civil society organisations and individuals to improve the position of producer organisations in the South and to help them achieve sustainable improvements for their members and their communities. Certification and product labelling (through the FAIRTRADE Mark) are the primary tools for reaching these development goals. The backing of organisations of producers and consumers in a citizen’s movement for change is fundamental and integral to this work. The Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft,Global Justice Now, and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.  Member organisations now also include Banana Link, All We Can, National Campaigner CommitteeNicaragua Solidarity Campaign, People & Planet, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, Shared Interest Foundation, Soroptimist International , Tearfund and the United Reformed Church.


What work is The Fairtrade Foundation doing now?

Fairtrade seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged. By facilitating trading partnerships based on equity and transparency, Fairtrade contributes to sustainable development for marginalised producers, workers and their communities. The Fairtrade movement empowers citizens to campaign for an international trade system based on justice and fairness. Over 4,500 products from chocolate to bananas, flowers to nuts, ice cream to face cream and cotton to gold jewellery, now carry the FAIRTRADE Mark, and there are now more than 600 Fairtrade Towns across the UK and over 1600 worldwide. Read about the impact of our work here

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What do you hope to do in the future?

Fairtrade is now reaching over 1.5 million farmers and workers and there are 1,210 Fairtrade certified producer organisations in 74 countries, but millions more are still working hard every day but still not earning a fair deal for their products. The Fairtrade Foundation are ambitious to get more companies offering Fairtrade products, so that more farmers in more countries can benefit from the better deal, and take more control of their own future. Everyone needs to demand fairer trade in their shops, cafes, workplaces and schools. What can you do to Go Further for Fairtrade? Join the Fairtrade Foundation to take a stand for the food you love and the people who grow it. Without support from the Fairtrade Foundation, farmers in developing countries face an uncertain future. You can find out more about Fairtrade’s upcoming campaigns  here 

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