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Celebrating Fairtrade

We are a Fairtrade Church and regularly hold coffee mornings in support of Traidcraft. the next will be on

Saturday 23 November between 10.00 and 12.00 noon.

This year is a significant year both for Traidcraft and the Fairtrade Foundation. Many thanks to Antonia Tolhurst from Devizes Fairtrade Group for the item below.

This year Traidcraft is celebrating 40 years and the Fairtrade Foundation 25 years since they were started. Many people may wonder what exactly both these organisations are so below is a brief explanation.

Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty. Its mission is to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives. Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation and is made up of a trading company (Traidcraft plc) and an international development charity (Traidcraft Exchange). It works in over 30 developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

Soon after it was founded in 1979 Traidcraft started selling the first Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar. It has gradually added more products including crafts to its catalogue most of them now bearing the FAIRTRADE mark. Last year, due to falling sales, there were fears that it would have to cease trading but their Board was impressed by the number of letters and expressions of support that they received from the public and in the light of this they decided to restructure the business which resulted in a reduction in staff and business but not a complete closure of Traidcraft. The range of goods they sell has been reduced, particularly the crafts, but most of the favourite products that are sold on the Traidcraft stalls, mostly in churches, are still available.

The Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, Global Justice Now, and the W.I. The Foundation is the UK member of Fairtrade International which unites over 20 labelling initiatives across Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico and Australia/New Zealand as well as networks of producer organisations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. It helps to grow demand for Fairtrade products and empower producers to sell to traders and retailers, finds new ways of working to support producer organisations and their networks and raises public awareness of the need for Fairtrade and the significant role of Fairtrade in making trade fair.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary since the first few FAIRTRADE Mark certified products were launched by Cafédirect, Clipper tea, Green & Black’s and Percol Coffee in 1994, the Fairtrade Foundation thanks the public for fighting for the rights of vulnerable people who are exploited by trade. Thanks to the demands of consumers  today there are around 5,000 Fairtrade-certified products on sale in the UK. 

18 November 2019

Contact: Devizes Quakers 

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