Fairtrade is a national campaign that guarantees producers in developing countries receive a fair price for the goods that they produce or, if they work on a plantation, that they enjoy decent wages and working conditions.
It means they are paid a price that reflects the true costs of production and allows for investment in their communities or in their businesses.
Why is Fairtrade important?
A guaranteed price is important to protect producers if the international price of a commodity falls. With a fair price for their produce, they cannot only feed their families, but also look to the future and invest in basic necessities such as safe water supplies, sanitation, healthcare, and education.
History of Fairtade in the UK
The Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian aid, new consumer, Oxfam, Traidcraft and the World Development Movement. These founding organisations were later joined by Britain’s largest women’s organisation, the Women’s Institute. The first Fairtrade certified product, Green and Black’s Fairtrade Maya gold chocolate was launched in 1994 and was shortly followed by Cafedirect Fairtrade coffee and Clipper Fairtrade tea.
Today, Fairtrade standards are set for a range of commodities from the developing world including tea, sugar, cocoa and fresh fruits. The standard ensures a fair price which covers the cost of production and a premium which is invested in the local community.
Look out for the Fairtrade Mark on many products in local Haringey shops, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants.