Support Fairtrade all year long
Fairtrade Fortnight is the UK Fairtrade Foundation’s leading 2017 awareness campaign from 27 February to 12 March. In this time, campaigners, businesses, schools and communities support the organisation by running events such as fetes, fairs, food and drink tastings, fashion shows, talks and seminars, community projects and other initiatives to create awareness.
This year, the high-profile campaign and wide range of related events lit up both social and conventional media.
So, you want to get involved with Fairtrade, but missed out on the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign? Should you stay put and wait until next year?
No! Fairtrade is a year-long initiative and can only grow when people are constantly working together to amplify their message.
“When we come together we can change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves — the Fairtrade movement is made up of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities for Fairtrade. Your actions help shoppers to make choices that change the lives of farmers and workers.” — Fairtrade UK
How to get involved:
- Always look out for the Fairtrade logo when shopping
Whether you are buying clothes, coffee, flowers or wine, there are usually Fairtrade-certified products on the shelf. By buying them, you help to protect farmers and producers in developing countries from exploitation.
In order for a product to be Fairtrade certified, farms must comply with certain social, environmental and economic standards, covering a range of conditions. These include basic rights, such as access to running water and flushing toilets for workers living on the farm and general work-safety measures. By simply going grocery shopping, you can change the lives of many people.
2. Become a Fairtrade fighter and take action
Sign up for the Fairtrade newsletter to keep up to date with all current campaigns and what you can do to help the cause. Also have a look at Fairtrade’s action page here to be informed of current calls to action.
As a Fairtrade fighter, you will rarely join pickets or rallies as Fairtrade is based on education and the sharing of information. Often, all you will need to do will be to share information to your network and to sign petitions that can effect global change.
3. Know your shops
Did you know Sainsbury’s is the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade products, selling more than 380 Fairtrade-certified products? It was also the first retailer in the UK to join the Fairtrade movement.
The Co-operative is the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade-certified wine and retailer for Fairtrade cocoa, sugar, tea, coffee and single-stem roses. Finding the Fairtrade label is easy and the choice makes shopping easier. Order your groceries online from Sainsbury’s or the Co-op and you don’t even have to leave the house!
Join the Fairtrade movement and help change the world by changing the lives of people on a daily basis.