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
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.
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