This year Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from  27th February – 11th March…what will your step for Fairtrade be?

Thousands of people up and down the country will be taking a Step for Fairtrade in 2012. They’ll be baking cakes, holding coffee mornings, pledging to drink Fairtrade tea for a year, persuading their office to switch to Fairtrade beverages and taking a step to buy more Fairtrade cotton clothing. Last year more than 5,000 events took place around the UK.

Did you know that…

  • 60% of Fairtrade farmers and workers are based in Africa. Thanks to them we can buy Fairtrade cotton clothing, cosmetics, wine, fruit, coffee, tea, chocolate and many other products;
  • You can buy Fairtrade wines in most major retailers and selected wine merchants;
  • Three of the top chocolate brands in the UK are now Fairtrade. Look out for bars with the FAIRTRADE Mark;
  • Three out of 10 bananas sold in the UK are Fairtrade;
  • You can buy Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold mined by small scale artisanal miners in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia…?

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 addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives. 

Don’t forget that along with others around the UK, you will be able to register your own steps on a special onlinestepometer’!

Visit cafod.org.uk/fairtrade or fairtrade.org.uk/step for more information on how to get involved!