ACE are supporting Fairtrade fortnight 2015, (23 FEBRUARY – 8 MARCH), please join us…
ACE welcome you to support Fairtrade Fortnight 2015, 23 February to 8 March and bring about positive change for millions of farmers and workers in developing countries.
In 2015, Fairtrade Fortnight will be on a mission to ask businesses to choose products that change lives. This is a country-wide campaign where individuals and businesses are joining forces and sharing stories from the people who grow our favourite products, to remind everyone of the dramatic difference Fairtrade makes and why it is still needed.
ACE are supporting the Fairtrade Fortnight ‘Stock It Challenge’ asking local businesses to switch to Fairtrade. ACE stock over 40 Fairtrade products, find them here. Support us by choosing products that change lives
Over the past 20 years, Fairtrade has paved the way for fairer and ethical trading but there is still a long way to go as trade isn’t working for the poorest farmers in the global south. We want to drive more benefits for farmers and workers in the Fairtrade system and make sure we can support those who aren’t, so they can receive a fairer deal too.
It is easy to get behind Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 and we hope as many businesses as possible will join us in the lead up to February 23rd. Every Fairtrade choice counts for farmers and workers, as well as their families and communities.
70% of the world’s food is produced by 500 million smallholder farmersi yet many of them remain trapped in chronic poverty while shoppers enjoy the fruits of their labour. Fairtrade ensures farmers across the developing world receive a fairer price for their work, as well as an additional Fairtrade Premium, used by farmers and workers to invest in their communities. The community then decides what the Premium is spent on, whether that’s building a new school or hospital, or investing in better environmental business practices.
Adam Gardner, Fairtrade Foundation’s Communities Campaigns Manager, said: ‘The UK has one of the most powerful networks of Fairtrade campaigners in the world, raising awareness about Fairtrade values in their communities and driving positive change for smallholder farmers, and their families, in developing
countries. It is thanks to the support of suppliers like ACE that currently more than 1.4 million farmers and workers around the world benefit from the Fairtrade system.
'In 2015, we want to see more individuals and businesses buying and selling Fairtrade products in the UK. The more that people choose Fairtrade, the more farmers and workers will be empowered to improve their lives through the better terms of trade it offers.’
Fairtrade Fortnight is the highlight of the year for Fairtrade campaigners up and down the country. From 23 FEBRUARY – 8 MARCH, thousands of events will be held to amplify the campaign in many of Fairtrade’s network of 600 Fairtrade Towns, 1350 Fairtrade Schools and 170 Fairtrade Universities, and 7,500 Fairtrade Faith Groups. Activities will include producer events, film screenings, tastings, and the ‘Stock It’ Challenge.
Find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight
About Fairtrade Foundation:- The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better
deal from trade. Today, more than 1.3 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 70 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.
Over 4,500 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark including coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, apples, pears, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, mandarins, lychees, coconuts, dried fruit, juices,
smoothies, biscuits, cakes & snacks, honey, jams & preserves, chutney & sauces, rice, quinoa, herbs & spices, seeds, nuts & nut oil, wines, beers, rum, confectionary, muesli, cereal bars, yoghurt, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homeware, cloth toys, cotton wool, olive oil, gold, silver and platinum.