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FAIRTRADE

A labelling system which guarantees that you are shopping ethically when you buy products with this Mark

Look for this Mark on products when you shop

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What Is FAIRTRADE?

Fairtrade goods are not the cheapest, but when you buy them you are assured that:
  • producers receive a fair price to cover costs and provide a living
  • funds go towards social and economic development
  • there is short term trade finance for producers
  • the contracts allow long-term planning
  • working conditions, and production and environmental standards are improved

Fairtrade works with individual producers, producer co-operatives and with local plantations and factories to benefit producers, workers and their communities.

There are now over 350 certified FAIRTRADE products available in the UK in the following categories:

Coffee & Tea  Bananas  Honey
Cereals & Nuts  Citrus  Rice
Cocoa & Chocolate  Other Fruit  Snacks
Preserves & Spreads  Fruit Juice  Roses
Sugar  Wine  Footballs

By giving third world producers access to our markets on advantageous terms, Fairtrade helps them to help themselves. The more we buy, the more we help. UK sales are now around £100 million per year.

 

How Can We Support FAIRTRADE?

Buy Fairtrade products at every opportunity.  Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark: 
  • at Traidcraft stalls in St. Helenís and St. Thomas More and at some WCT events
  • in shops in the village, including Down to Earth and the Brewhouse Gallery
  • at local Fairtrade retailers such as Fair Deal World Shop, 605 Hitchin Rd, Luton, and shops in High St,  Methodist Church, Harpenden and United Reform Church, Homewood Rd, St Albans
  • in our local supermarkets (including ASDA, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Somerfield, Spar, Tesco and Waitrose)
  • in shops (including Holland & Barrett, Oxfam and Woolworth)
  • in coffee shops (including Costa Coffee, Marks & Spencer, Pret a Manger and Starbucks)
  • on-line from traidcraftshop.co.uk, Fair Trade online (store.yahoo.com/fairtradeonline-uk/), ethicalshopper.co.uk and greenol.co.uk

If you canít find Fairtrade products where you want to buy them, let the shop management know by asking, by letter or via supermarketsí customer comment boxes. The best way of keeping them in the shops is to buy them. 

All around the UK towns and church groups are committing to Fairtrade status, promoting access to and use of Fairtrade goods.

Whoís Behind FAIRTRADE?

Fairtrade labelling began in the Netherlands in the late 1980s. There are now 19 national organisations in consumer countries around the world managing and monitoring the Fairtrade label.  They operate under the guidance of an international standard setting and monitoring body, Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO).

The UK face of Fairtrade is The Fairtrade Foundation.  It was established in 1992 as a registered charity. Its shareholders include CAFOD, Christian Aid, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund, the URC, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement, Oxfam and the National Federation of Womenís Institutes.

Fairtrade certified products come from 422 certified producer groups (including many co-operatives of small producers) in 49 producer countries, as at September 2004. Around 5 million people (farmers or workers and their families) benefit.

More details are on the websites of the Fairtrade Foundation ( www.fairtrade.org.uk  ) and the FLO (www.fairtrade.net ).

Critics of Fairtrade argue that it does not address the real problem of unfair international trade rules; helps delay inevitable changes in the structure of farming; and mostly eases middle class consumer consciences. Until world trade rules change, however, it is an effective way for us to assist poor third world producers right now.

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Based upon document produced by the Justice & Peace Group in Wheathampstead  (February 2005)