Buying fairly traded goods is a simple way for us to help ensure that some of the world’s poorest farmers and food producers get paid a fair price for their crops. The Fairtrade Foundation runs the Fairtrade accreditation scheme which ensures that all products with the Fairtrade mark have met the scheme’s criteria for decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries.
Fairtrade Fortnight runs for two weeks at the end of February and beginning of March. Each year there is a theme and schools, businesses, community and church groups, and the general public, are encouraged to get involved. The 2023 theme is The Future of Food with a focus on the challenges of climate change for Fairtrade producers and the potential impacts on some our favourite foods. You can get more information here
Learning through Fairtrade opens up a fascinating world, revealing how we are all connected. Each year the One World Centre runs a Fairtrade Primary Conference to help young students explore the subject of ethical trading and how the choices they make as consumers can really make a difference. The Fairtrade Foundation has a special schools area on its website full of curriculum resources to discover where our food comes from. Find out how your school or nursery could become a Fairtrade School too.
The Isle of Man has a small but active Fairtrade Group (chaired by the One World Centre) who champion Fairtrade products and help ensure the Island keeps it’s Fairtrade Island status. If you’re interested in joining the group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also keep up to date with all the latest Fairtrade activity both on and off the Island by joining our Fairtrade Facebook group here.