KitKat kicking cocoa farmers when they’re down

A message from Stefan, Supporters’ Team at the Fairtrade Foundation: Just two days ago we shared some deeply disappointing news: Nestlé plan to stop using Fairtrade ingredients in KitKat bars. Already thousands of you have told us this is an unacceptable decision. Petitions have started up, including this one by committed campaigner Joanna … [Read more...]

Fair trade in the time of Covid-19

Members of MSF put on protective gear to deal with the Ebola virus. Photo: CELLOU BINANI/AFP/Getty Images

It’s safe to say that not a single person reading this will have remained untouched by Covid-19. Some will have had the virus, many will know people who have suffered or even died from it, and pretty much all of us will have been greatly affected in terms of our work, finances, education and/or daily lives. But what is the impact on those usually … [Read more...]

Chocolate focus for Fairtrade Fortnight

We had two excellent events during Fairtrade Fortnight. Firstly, we were privileged to be selected by the Fairtrade Foundation as one of only 5 venues across the UK to hold a “sofa session”. It seemed particularly appropriate to hold the event in York with its long and continuing association with cocoa and chocolate. The informal panel session … [Read more...]

Buy now: Fair Trade booklet – huge discount!

To celebrate 25 years of the Fairtrade mark and the 15th anniversary of York gaining Fairtrade City status, we are offering our popular booklet about the history of fair trade at a knock-down price. It features ten of the courageous and visionary champions who helped to develop ethical trading and provide the underpinnings of the fair trade … [Read more...]

York City of Sanctuary

The group was delighted to welcome Paul Wordsworth of York City of Sanctuary to speak at our regular monthly meeting on Monday. York became a city of sanctuary in October 2016 and last year York St John University became a University of Sanctuary. This means they join a movement started in Sheffield aimed at making refugees and asylum seekers … [Read more...]

Fairtrade goes to Parliament

York Central MP Rachael Maskell at launch event

York Central MP Rachael Maskell backs Fairtrade Fortnight campaign for cocoa farmers More than 70 Members of Parliament met farmers from the Ivory Coast, Rwanda and the Dominican Republic at a reception in Parliament on Wednesday 27 th February as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. The Fairtrade Foundation’s campaign She Deserves a Living Income is … [Read more...]

Our stall at York Pride 2018

Pride stall

Our stall at this weekend's York Pride event was really successful.Thanks to good weather and a fantastic atmosphere we engaged lots of people with our "Sticker Pong" game - prizes kindly donated by Divine Chocolate.We raised over £50 for our work promoting fair trade around the city and spoke to lots of people about the range of fair trade and … [Read more...]