Welcome to York Fair Trade Forum

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

We’re looking forward to Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 which runs from Monday 26 February to Sunday 11 March.

Before Fairtrade Fortnight starts you’ll find a Fairtrade theme at Acomb Parish Church’s regular monthly coffee and craft morning on Saturday 24 March. There will be a fair trade stall and Fairtrade tea and coffee available. Come on in 10.30 to 12.30.

Our main event will be a Business Breakfast meeting at Spurriergate Centre on Tuesday 6 March. Come on in for Fairtrade tea, coffee and juice and pastries with fair trade jams and spreads. The event will run from 8.30 to 10am and will give supporters an opportunity to find out how to increase awareness of the range of fair trade products available and find out about the work the Fair Trade Forum is doing in York.

Come along to York’s Fair Trade Shop, Fairer World on Wednesday 7 March for a coffee tasting. You will be able to sample coffee grown by women’s farming co-operatives in Nicaragua, Peru and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Later that evening at Friends Meeting House, Friargate there will be an event celebrating International Women’s Day, hosted by Northern Women for Palestine: ‘Women of Palestine – the Ongoing Nakba. (Nakba means Catastrophe, and refers to the creation of the State of Israel and the resulting oppression of the Palestinian people.) Come and celebrate the lives of Palestinian women through film, poetry and artworks, as they continue to resist and triumph over occupation, siege and dispossession.

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.

We’ll add more events as they are confirmed. If you’re in the York area and holding an event during Fairtrade Fortnight 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

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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).

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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