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WEBINAR - Is all Fair Trade Equal ?

  • Aug 6, 2014 · 7:30 PM
  • Online Meeting

Fairtrade sales in the United Kingdom have now topped £1.5 billion per annum and that is a remarkable growth.

But is all Fairtrade equal?  Many organisations are offering Fairtrade even many of the giant supermarkets, but do they all have the same motivation for entering  the fairtrade market? What is genuine Fairtrade and how can we be sure that what we buy is the real thing?

In this Webinar Poppy Pickard will look at the history of Fairtrade in the UK over the last 35 years. She will also cover the work of the Fair Trade Foundation and the companies that do nothing but Fairtrade such as Traidcraft, Divine, Cafe Direct etc. 

Poppy has been involved in Fairtrade for many years and volunteers with Traidcraft that has been the UK's leading fair trade organisation for 35 years. Their mission is to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives. They build lasting relationships with producers, support people to trade out of poverty and work to bring about trade justice.

You can find out more about Traidcraft on their website at http://www.traidcraft.co.uk/

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  • Francis S.

    Our Webinar today on “Is Fair Trade Equal?” starts in half an hours time at 7.30pm

    You sign in at https://onsync.digitalsamba.com/go/fs@globalnet21.org/fairtrade

    Looking forward to seeing you there

    August 6, 2014

  • Michelle T.

    I would love to attend this webinar but unfortunately I have another meeting, hope I can see the video afterwards. If I had been attending I would like to have asked "How can Fairtrade move from a specific slightly up-market / alternative stream into the general shoppers conscience? Francis - would you do me the honour of asking this question? Hope it goes really well.

    August 4, 2014

  • Francis S.

    This is to confirm our Webinar this coming Wednesday August 6th at 7.30pm on “Is Fair Trade Equal?”

    You can sign onto the webinar here .. https://onsync.digitalsamba.com/go/fs@globalnet21.org/fairtrade

    August 3, 2014

  • Poppy

    Thank you Cedric for your comments. Fairtrade in the UK is mainly concentrated around the food retail industry with over 4,500 certified products carrying the fairtrade logo. These range from supermarket own brand products to chocolate from a company like Divine who produce nothing but fairtrade. Do all these products return the same benefits to the producers? Just as one can ask how typical are the workers in the research from SOAS which I'm sure we'll touch on in the webinar.

    July 30, 2014

  • Cedric K.

    "Is all Fair Trade equal?" is a worthwhile question. I wonder if it would, however, also be worth touching on some of the increasing scepticism about fair trade: cost of certification, apparent failure to improve wages of labourers ( http://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem93228.html ) and _The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich_ by Ndongo Samba Sylla.

    July 23, 2014

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