Fairtrade Fortnight 2023


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From Monday 20th February to Sunday 5th March 2023.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 was another successful year getting people, businesses, schools and other organisations involved in Fairtrade. We now look forward to Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 which will take place from Monday 20th February to Sunday 5th March 2023

For two weeks each year thousands of groups, companies and individuals get together to share the stories of the people wo grow our food and drinks, mine our gold and grow the cotton in our clothing, people who are very often underpaid and exploited. It’s easy to just pick something off the shelf without giving a thought to where it came from but it has certainly become more apparent in the last couple of years that we living in an interconnected world and we reply on each other.

For Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 the online Choose the World You Want festival will retured from Monday 21st February to Sunday 6th March. The coronavirus pandemic taught us how interconnected we are globally which is at the heart of the Fairtrade message and is where our role begins. We are all part of the Fairtrade movement and we all have the power to drive long term change buy choosing Fairtrade when you shop, but also by supporting and spreading the message. 

Last year we had the G7 and COP26 take place. COP26 came with much hope and many promises but also came with disappointment as the wealthiest nations failed to recognise the urgent need to invest in farmer expertise by delaying their promised $100bn annual funding to the most climate vulnerable countries until 2023, at a time when it is needed more than ever. Whilst COP26 was never going to result in climate justice, and have a cohesive global strategy to reverse climate change but it certainly didn’t live up to the expectations it could have done. This makes Fairtrade Fortnight ever more important to highlight the problems people face around the world, the veery same people who work to provide much of our food.


  • Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 Dates: 20th February to 5th March 2023

Ethical Superstore have been big supporters of Fairtrade since we launched back in 2006 when we became the first online store where you could buy a full range of Fairtrade products, we now sell hundreds of Fairtrade Certified products!

Ethical Superstore will be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight again in 2023 and once again we’ll have a selection of great offers from your favourite Fairtrade brands. 

ld You Want’ and use your voice to tell others about the challenges farmers face from climate change

For more information please visit the  Fairtrade Foundation website
 
We have a great range of Fairtrade products from your favourite brands like  Divine Chocolate, Cafedirect, Traidcraft, Ubuntu and Green & Blacks. We also love to introduce you to new Fairtrade brands and products which you can’t get in the supermarket such as Karma Cola, LemonaidCocoa Loco, Ethletic and Ma’s Happy Life Kitchen. We will have some amazing Fairtrade offers next year for Fairtrade Fortnight 2022!
 

 

What do Fairtrade Standards cover:

Fairtrade Minimum Price Price: The Fairtrade Minimum Price and Fairtrade Premium drive real change today. Fairtrade workers and farmers are given a safety net that protects them from low prices for their crops.
  Fairtrade Environmental Standards Environment: While you can’t protect the planet without protecting its people first, rigorous Fairtrade Standards support farmers to protect the environment and Fairtrade Premium is enabling them to invest in climate resilience and adaptation.
  Fairtrade Premium Premium: Fairtrade workers and farmers choose how they spend the Premium which they can use to make their farms and communities stronger. It also enables them to invest in different ways of making money, so they are less reliant on the unpredictable cocoa market.  
  Women's Empowerment Women’s empowerment: Fairtrade is also supporting more women cocoa farmers to take the reins and stand tall alongside men. Fairtrade Standards make sure that they have a strong voice in their community, are represented in decision-making and benefit from Fairtrade. We know that independent income in the hands of women brings positive change to communities even faster.  

  There are many ways which you can get involved

Follow the Fairtrade Foundation to help spread the message of Fairtrade, make sure you follow the Fairtrade Foundation on Twitter Facebook and Instagram. The more you share the more you are helping to support the Fairtrade mission. Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 is focusing on the climate crisis, which is happening now. It is one of the biggest challenges facing Fairtrade farmers today. The Fairtrade Foundation are hosting a free virtual festival on their website, you can see the full lineup of events here.

Fairtrade Foundation on Facebook

Fairtrade Foundation on Twitter

Fairtrade Foundation on Instagram

 

The 2022 festival will be online again, however, if you want to and feel comfortable to run a local public event in your community then please do! Any and all events, online and offline, are welcome from stalls to panels, bake-offs to coffee mornings and quiz nights. The Fairtrade Foundation are only able to offer virtual speakers in 2022 but if you would like a staff speaker from the Fairtrade Foundation to join your virtual event, get in touch with the Fairtrade Foundation and tell them a bit more about what you have planned.

Can you reach out to other local groups to share the Fairtrade message? Do you have another local environmental or social justice group in your community that you could present to or join up with this Fortnight?

You can now order new posters and an explainer leaflet on Fairtrade and the climate crisis to help spread the word in your local community.

You can also use the Fairtrade Foundation's online resources to spread the word. You will find posts and banners for your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, press releases, digital posters, images, videos and even Zoom backgrounds! Head to the Fairtrade Foundation Resource Library to see everything available. You can also check out our Digital and Social media guide if you need support.

The Fairtrade Foundation have also updated our climate key messages and FAQs following COP26 to support you in creating your events and social media posts. 

Read the stories of farmers affected by climate change.   


Take the 90kg challenge

Together with our supplier of Kilombero Rice, we are asking schools, churches and other organisations to sell 90kg of fair trade rice, this is the amount of rice sold that would enable a Malawian farmer to pay for a year’s basic secondary education for one child. 

Find out more about the 90kg Challenge

90kg Rice Challenge

Sign up to receive emails from the Fairtrade Foundation

Sign up with the Fairtrade Foundation to receive emails about Fairtrade events, offers and news. They will also let you know about when they are running petitions which are an easy way to contribute to the Fairtrade mission.

 You can sign up to the Fairtrade Foundation here

Since 1997 Fairtrade Fortnight has been increasing awareness of the Fairtrade movement and Fairtrade products. The first Fairtrade Fortnight took place in Scotland directed by Barnaby Miln and campaigned to get every supermarket in Scotland to stock Fairtrade products. Fairtrade Fortnight spread to the rest of the UK in 1998 and now is celebrated in serval countries such as Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. Events such as fates, fairs, Fairtrade food tastings, fashion shows and community, school and church events usually supported buy local authorities and governments.

Suppliers fighting for Fairtrade

One of our favourite Fairtrade suppliers Zaytoun works with producers in Palestine whi enjoy a rich heritage of land stewardshio and this is proving to be a vital tool in the fight against climate change. Climate change is affecting poorer countries much more than the affluent countries as it is causing damage to producers livelihoods who cannot produce what they need to, to survive. Farmers in Palestine however are living under occupation, this means they face unique challenges to climate resilience lincluding limited access to land, water and markets.

The suppliers Zaytoun work with, Canaan Palestine and the Palestine Fair Trade Association, are at the forefront of mitigation against climate change in Palestine. Their focus on regenerative farming and the revival of heritage crop varieties has the potential to support producers to earn a sustainable income, despite the challenges they face. 


 

Beyond Fairtrade 

Find out how some Fairtrade brands go beyond Fairtrade to help improve the lives of farmers and producers who bring us Fairtrade products. Fairtrade is recognised by 93% of UK Shoppers and used across the world to identify products which meet the Fairtrade standard. Some of the brands which whave been deeply involved with Fairtrade go beyond what is required to have the Fairtrade Mark, find out how Cafédirect, London Tea Company, LemonAid and Divine


Don't forget, Fairtrade Fortnight aims to raise awareness of Fairtrade and get you to choose Fairtrade across the whole year, not just for two weeks. It aims to make permanent changes for the better.