What are we about?
We want to:
- To support the community groups around the world which are benefitting from the Fairtrade premium, as well as the individuals who are becoming more confident and independent because of their links with Fairtrade
- To continue to be aware that there are many people around the world who are living in difficult conditions due to war, occupation etc.
The World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) prescribes 10 Principles that Fair Trade Organisations must follow in their day-to-day work and carries out monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld. These are:
- Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
- Transparency and Accountability
- Fair Trading Practices
- Fair Payment
- Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
- Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Freedom of Association
- Ensuring Good Working Conditions
- Providing Capacity Building
- Promoting Fair Trade
- Respect for the Environment
For a more detailed explanation on how these principles are followed, please see 10 Principles of Fair Trade on the WFTO website.
Fairtrade is committed to tackling the climate crisis. Find out more by watching this video.
Producer videos are available to help you understand why Fairtrade is so important to communities around the world. Click here. Also below find out more about sugar, cotton and banana.
- Fairtrade Fortnight 2021
22nd February 2021 to 7th March 2021 – Choose the World you Want!
During Fairtrade Fortnight show your support by colouring in one of our posters and putting it in your window to show your neighbours and friends you buy Fairtrade. You can also share it with us by messaging our Harborough Fairtrade Town Facebook page– we’d love to see your creations!
Click on the links below to download and print your poster:
Get involved with the Fairtrade online festival. You can expect to find fascinating and fun events featuring all parts of our global Fairtrade community, including Fairtrade farmers and workers, other climate campaigners and of course the amazing grassroots network. Choose the World you want. Sign up here
Host your own online meeting or event with friends and family to promote Fairtrade Fortnight. This could be anything from a discussion space, a quiz, an online coffee morning, a cook along or a crafting session. You could ask the people participating to add a Fairtrade item to their regular shopping basket or make a donation to support Fairtrade here.
Rutland Fairtrade group are also inviting people to attend a webinar on 23rd February from 7pm.
Speakers include Caroline Collins who works in the Commercial partnerships at the Fairtrade Foundation and Emma Brown from Land Girls, a local business that works with two cooperatives of female coffee growers in South America and Indonesia.
This is held on the Zoom platform so find out how to register for this event here
If you are really up for a fortnight packed with fun check this out.
Fairtrade Connections are working with other regions and nations of the UK to organise a Virtual Community Arts Festival. The festival offers opportunities to join in lots of different types of events. You can be taken to Palestine to take a vitual tour of Hadeel’s Palestinian Crafts, or join and invite a friend in virtual Fairtrade Coffee mornings around the country even Edinburgh, get the children active with a morning of Fairtrade silliness and Taskmaster challenges, crafting to Fly the Fairtrade flag with fairandfunnky, join in cook along events including making chocolate truffles and other spices treats, discussions, dance workshops , music and so much more.
It’s enough to take your breath away and leave you smiling in celebration. Take a look here
- Fairtrade Easter Eggs
This year why not buy Fairtrade Easter Eggs. There is a huge selection out there. We are collecting that information on your behalf and will publish a Where to Buy in Market Harborough guide soon.