Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight is an action-packed highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018: Monday 26 February - Sunday 11 March

 'For hundreds of years, we were taught to serve, to be workers. Now with Fairtrade, we are entrepreneurs'

Marcial Quintero, member of Coobana, a Fairtrade banana co-operative in Panama. 

It’s a scandalous reality that millions of farmers and workers are still being ripped off despite working hard to provide the products we love. Unfairness in global trade is rooted in centuries of exploitation.

Yet across the globe, Marcial and hard-working producers like him are unravelling this legacy.  They’re fighting for a fair deal, supported by Fairtrade, earning their way out of poverty and transforming their communities.

Together we’re stronger, and more people choosing, sharing and shouting about Fairtrade in the UK means more power to producers like Marcial to break the stranglehold of poverty prices.  

There’s never been a more important time to stand with producers through Fairtrade – to protect the progress you’ve achieved alongside them, and to welcome more people – supporters, producers, businesses - into Fairtrade. 

This Fairtrade Fortnight, stand with farmers like Marcial to close the door on exploitation, and welcome more people into Fairtrade. 

'Before joining Fairtrade we didn't see any benefits, development or profit. The price we received per box wasn't enough to cover our costs - and for 17 years it didn't change. Since starting with Fairtrade, it's made a mega-revolution in our lives.Marcial Quintero, Coobana

How do I invite people in to Fairtrade? 

It's up to you! From breakfasts to banquets, bake-offs to business awards, every Fairtrade Fortnight communities across the UK use their creativity, connections and local knowledge (not to mention effort!) to open more doors to Fairtrade. 

Hear more from Marcial about the 'mega-revolution' Fairtrade has enabled in his community, and get ideas to invite people to come on in to Fairtrade in this presentation (with notes) to kick start planning with your group. We will be sharing ideas on this page in the build up to Fairtrade Fortnight, so that you can see what others are up to. We'd love to hear what you have planned too, please let us know

We are busy preparing a range of tools and ideas to help you invite people in to Fairtrade, including the usual suite of resources and event packs, plus some exciting new films, online tools and powerful stories from producers at the front-line of Fairtrade. 

Request a Fairtrade speaker for your event

Please get in touch if you are interested in a speaker from the Foundation attending your event. We will endeavour to fulfil as many requests as possible, but please contact us as soon as possible so that we can evaluate the needs of all supporters and our capacity appropriately. We will be allocating speakers from December to the end of January, so if you could send your request using this online speaker request form by the 29 January at the latest then that would be much appreciated. If you are having difficulties accessing this form or do not have an email address please contact us via: mail@fairtrade.org.uk.

Further links and resources

Make sure you are signed up to our Fairtrade Towns news to be the first to hear as new ideas, resources and inspiration is available. You can expect: 

Resources and event packs: Visit our online shop to order your resources. Items are available to pre-order now, and will be delivered from early January. 

Product offers and samples: Invite people in with Fairtrade products - click here for offers of support, and don't forget to ask local businesses to join in and support your events too. 

Church resources: Are available to download here

Digital resources and producer photos: A suite of digital resources are available to download on the resource library. Watch this space for more producer stories and images in January 2018. 

Schools resources: Will be available to download from January. Event packs are also ideal for schools, and can be ordered from the online shop

Online tips and tools: Invite more people in using our new online guide to growing your Fairtrade community online during Fairtrade Fortnight - coming in January 2018