It's Fairtrade fortnight!
KHT are supporting Fairtrade Fortnight this week by helping to promote awareness of Fairtrade and the work that the organisation does.
The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards.
Their vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.
For more detailed information about the Fairtrade Foundation please click here.
There are many Fairtrade products on the market that you can buy to support the cause. From Coffee to chocolate to wines and beers, there are countless opportunities for people to choose Fairtrade - just look out for the Fairtrade logo!
Facts about Fairtrade:
- In 1992 The Fairtrade Foundation was established by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women's Institutes.
- The first Fairtrade certified product Green & Black’s Maya Gold Chocolate made with cocoa from Belize is launched in 1994, shortly followed by Cafédirect coffee and Clipper tea.
- In November 1997, the House of Commons switches to Matthew Algie’s Fairtrade Tiki Caffé in all of its refreshment outlets throughout the Palace of Westminster.
- In 1998, Divine Chocolate launched the first farmer-owned Fairtrade chocolate company, teaming up with Kuapa Kokoo co-operative, Ghana and funded by a DfID loan
- In January 2000, The first bananas to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark are launched in over 1,000 Co-op stores. Other supermarkets swiftly follow suit.
- The retail value of annual Fairtrade sales reaches £30 million in 2001- equivalent to £1 being spent every second.
- In 2007 the Fairtrade Foundation is awarded The Directory of Social Change’s ‘Social Change Award’ in the category of Influencer.
- In 2009 Cadbury Dairy Milk commits to going Fairtrade.