Fairtrade at 20
The FAIRTRADE Mark is 20 years old in 2014; I was fortunate enough to be there to celebrate with the Fairtrade Foundation in London last night – a time to reflect upon past achievements and look forward to the future of Fairtrade.
— The Ali Clifford (@incredibusymum) October 15, 2014
Many amazing campaigners have worked hard for over twenty years to bring Fairtrade values and products to the public, influencing business and government practice along the way. Garstang, in Lancashire, the world’s first ever #Fairtrade town, were awarded the #Fairtradeat20 special achievement award. It was quite an emotional moment to realise what they had started back in 2000 when the people of Garstang voted virtually unanimously for Garstang to become the world’s first Fairtrade Town.
an evening at #Westminster as you do… #Fairtradeat20 #Fairtrade #ChocolateWeek
Another wonderful award went to Divine Chocolate‘s Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Seasalt – for best Fairtrade Product. Back in 1994, there were just three products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark. Today, there are over 4,500 products including tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, bananas, sugar, cotton, gold, cut flowers, wine and beauty products. The FAIRTRADE Mark is the most widely-known ethical label in the world, benefitting 1.4 million people in 74 countries across the world. Good timing on the award – it IS Chocolate Week after all… #ChocolateWeek
Good to hear that one in three schools in UK now working towards
#Fairtrade status. And lovely therefore to meet up with Sophie and Helen from West Yorkshire’s own – Fair and Funky who deliver interactive global themed workshops: recycling, the environment and Fairtrade; to schools and community groups.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the FAIRTRADE Mark by holding an event in your community. Fairtrade UK have got 20 ideas, hints and tips below to get you started! They range from ‘FAIR-ly simple’ to ‘FAIR-ly ambitious’ so
there’s something for everyone. Click here to find out more…
Ali also writes at KidsChaos.com