Fairtrade Fortnight 22 February - 7 March 2021
Every year at the end of February/beginning of March, Fairtrade Fortnight celebrates the progress we've made towards a world of fairer trade and sustainable livelihoods and looks to the challenges facing us in the year ahead.
The climate emergency is the focus of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight, but another crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, means that this year's event is going to be very different from previous years.
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What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade tackles the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the most vulnerable. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Fairtrade campaigns for a living income for small farmers – enough to cover their basic farming costs and their essential human rights, like a nutritious diet, clean water, health care and an education for their children. They need a fair price, for the crops they grow if they are to play their part alongside us in meeting the challenge of a changing climate and uncertain world.
Why choose Fairtrade products?
Under Fairtrade arrangements, farmers are guaranteed a minimum price that covers the cost of production and pays a social premium for farmers' groups to spend on community-wide needs like healthcare, training and diversification.
As we choose a Fairtrade-certified and labelled product at a local supermarket or general store, we're conscious in that small and personal way we're helping redress the balance of power in favour of the farmers and workers responsible for providing us with bananas, tea, coffee, chocolate and so many other daily necessities of life and joining them in the struggle to combat the climate crisis that faces us all.
Fairtrade and Climate Justice
Climate change is a global-scale challenge, and it's the underlying theme of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight.
One of the issues the United Nations Climate Summit due to take place in Glasgow will be facing later this year, is how to support small-scale farmers and workers in climate vulnerable countries around the world who are struggling with the consequences of man-made global warming (unpredictable weather patterns, droughts, flooding and heatwaves, crop diseases and shrinking harvests).
Fairtrade helps farming communities find ways of coming to terms with global warming in the same way it has helped them face up to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
See how Fairtrade is tackling the Climate Crisis
Five things you can do
- Sign the Climate Coalition declaration
- Find out more and have fun at the same time by visiting the Fairtrade Fortnight Festival
- If you work in or attend a local school, check out useful learning resources available from the Fairtrade Foundation and discover what recognition as a Fairtrade School involves
- Look for products with the Fairtrade mark when you go shopping
- Get involved with the local group at firstname.lastname@example.org or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a professional or commercial interest, contact the Fairtrade Foundation directly
Tel: 020 7405 5942
Tower Hamlets Fairtrade Group
The Tower Hamlets Fairtrade Group is a group of enthusiastic Fairtrade supporters campaigning to raise awareness locally of ethical consumerism, fair trade and the Fairtrade scheme.
Tower Hamlets Council has Fairtrade Borough status and is committed to implementing Fairtrade standards as a part of its sustainability and ethical procurement policy.
Achievements to date include:
- Fairtrade items on sale in council-contracted cafes, vending machines and supplied to council events
- Only Fairtrade bananas are supplied to school canteens
This year, the Tower Hamlets Fairtrade Group has encouraged and lobbied major brands and retailers in the borough and nationwide to stock familiar and new products carrying the Fairtrade Mark and continue their support for their existing Fairtrade suppliers.
London Metropolitan University which is based in the borough has Fairtrade university status and is one of 12 UK universities to receive the accreditation.