Welcome to York Fair Trade Forum








Two great events coming up in April:

On Tuesday 10 April we were delighted to welcome Rachael Maskell the MP for York Central who talked to the group about her commitment to fair trade and ideas to progress trade justice in York. We discussed the recent changes at Sainsbury’s, fair and ethical trade deals in a post-Brexit UK and the sustainable development goals.

We would like to thank Rachael for being so generous with her time, and look forward to moving forward with her ideas.

Rachael Maskell at York Fair Trade Forum

On Monday 16 April our usual monthly meeting will feature Ashley from Shared Interest talking about the range of fair trade organisations supported by Shared Interest and how we can all get involved. Again, the meeting will be at West Offices and Ashley will talk from around 6.30 after a short group meeting.

Please do come along to our monthly meetings, and find out more about how you can support fair trade in York.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 ran from Monday 26 February to Sunday 11 March.

l-to-r: Cllrs Chris Cullwick, Andrew Waller, Chris Steward, Andy d'Agorne, Kallum Taylor; front l-to-r YFTF chair Kathryn Tissiman, Cllr Jenny Brooks

l-to-r: Cllrs Chris Cullwick, Andrew Waller, Chris Steward, Andy d’Agorne, Kallum Taylor; front l-to-r YFTF chair Kathryn Tissiman, Cllr Jenny Brooks

Our main event this year was e a Business Breakfast meeting at Spurriergate Centre on Tuesday 6 March.

We invited local business people, councillors and other interested parties to “Come on in” for free Fairtrade tea, coffee and juice, fruit and toast with fair trade jams and spreads. The event was really well attended, with at least ten councillors in attendance and some really interesting conversations about the role of fair trade in combating global poverty.

York Press was on hand to cover the event. You can see their write-up here.

We were excited to welcome That’s York TV to the event as well, and their interview with group member Joanna was broadcast later that evening. The piece is now available on their You Tube channel.

We would like to thank the staff and volunteers at the Spurriergate Centre who did a great job of hosting the event, the Co-op who provided Fairtrade bananas and Fairer World who provided some of the more unusual jams from their Swazi Kitchen range.

This was one of the most popular events we have ever held, and we hope to repeat the event next year – our 15th anniversary as a Fair Trade City – so keep your eye out for details and come along in 2019.

FTbreakfastSpurriergate 6Mar18

On Saturday 10 March Norton and Malton Fair Trade Group is holding a fair trade and local craft fair at the Friends Meeting House in Malton, featuring stalls selling fair trade crafts, food and gifts as well as goods from local makers. The popular monthly Malton farmers’ market will be on at the same time so it will be worth a day trip to the town even if you’re not local.

If you’re in the York area and holding an event celebrating fair trade please let us know and we’ll help promote it any way we can.

Calling all York Hairdressers

We are especially keen to hear from businesses who are keen to support fair trade but aren’t sure where to start. Hairdressers in particular can support fair trade by offering Fairtrade refreshments to their customers. We have recently started a special listing for hairdressers on this website so if you are a hairdresser in the York area who already serves Fairtrade refreshments let us know and we’ll add you to our list and give you a promotional window sticker to show everyone in the city that you support fair trade in York.

Newsflash: Fairtrade tea producers in Africa have reacted with concern to Sainsbury’s proposed new partnership model (“Fairly Traded”), saying it will bring about disempowerment. Rather than the development premium going straight to the producers, as happens with the Fairtrade Foundation, decisions about how it is used will be managed by the Sainsbury Foundation. You can read the producers’ open letter here. Please take a moment to message or email Sainsbury’s about their plans.


Congratulate fair trade stockists

Window sticker

Window sticker

Do you ever see Fairtrade/fair trade goods somewhere you didn’t expect and feel pleasantly surprised? Why not write to let them know you noticed and support their decision – if nobody comments on what they stock, they may start to think it’s fair trade provenance isn’t import and stock something else instead. So, whilst it’s always good to mention it when you’re there in person, an email or letter often gets to the person who makes the decisions and provides a more lasting token of thanks and support. You can see the Forum’s template letter here – we’re planning to send them to outlets along with a couple of our window stickers.


We have published a new book of inspiring stories stretching from the origins of fair trade to the present day

Details of our book, Fair’s Fair – Inspiring stories of Fair Trade champions from the 18th century to the present day, and information on how to purchase it, can be found here.

You can also download a FREE set of Teaching Notes for use alongside the book for anyone working with children, either as an editable document or as a pdf (better version for printing).

Fair's Fair book

See the Forum’s Fairly Traded York trail guiding you round the beautiful and historic city centre and exploring its fair trade links here.

Interested in fair trade around the world? See this website to find out more about the World Fair Trade Organisation’s activity in Asia