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    Transforming lives, setting trends

    4 March 2015 by Anna Galandzij, The Fairtrade Foundation

    Interview with Safia Minney, founder and CEO of People Tree.

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    How do luxury and ethics comfortably share a bed

    21 January 2015 by Harriet Kelsall, a designer and the founder of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery.

    Even if your personal ethics are important to you, it can still be difficult to stick with them in your business life. It becomes even more tricky when working with luxury goods but paradoxically more important. 

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  • Can we shop ethically but still love a bargain?

    Loving a bargain doesn't mean we shouldn't still seek out the right shopping choices

    5 September 2014 by Jenny Foster, Bristol and SW Fairtrade Co-ordinator

    In the latest installment of a series of thought pieces looking at how highly shoppers place ethical credentials on their list, Fairtrade campaigner Jenny Foster shares her thoughts on our struggle between the hunt for a bargain and trying to make the right ethical choices.

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  • Blog: As consumers, do we have double standards?

    It may be uncomfortable but we need to engage in much more of this kind of self-examination

    2 September 2014 by Julian Baggini (microphilosophy.net) author of The Virtues of the Table (Granta)

    In the latest instalment of a series of thought pieces looking at how highly shoppers place ethical credentials on their list, writer Julian Baggini shares his view...

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  • Is cheapest always best?

    Is cheapest always best? Can cheapest ever be best?

    26 August 2014 by Brad Hill, Fairtrade Strategy Development Manager at the Co-operative Group

    As part of a series of blogs looking at the value consumers place on ethical credentials, Brad Hill, Fairtrade Strategy Development Manager at the Co-operative Group, asks us to take a journey back to the source of the things we buy...

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  • Are all products created equal?

    We place a value on the choice we have to build ethics into our baskets

    22 August 2014 by Cheryl McGechie, Director of Public Engagement, Fairtrade Foundation

    As part of a series of blogs exploring the value consumers place on ethical credentials, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Director of Public Engagement, Cheryl McGechie, kick-starts the discussion by asking how high you put responsibly sourced products on your shopping list… and what’s the value?

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  • Calling for stronger ethical standards in supply chains

    11 July 2014 by Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the Fairtrade Foundation

    This past month, the public have been shocked by allegations in the Guardian of migrant workers being forced to work on Thai fishing boats supplying fish food to the prawn farming industry. Journalists, human rights organisations and politicians alike have denounced this as modern slavery.

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  • Fairtrade Hired Labour Standards: steps to meaningful progress

    21 March 2014 by Richard Anstead, Head of Product Management at the Fairtrade Foundation

    New Fairtrade standards for hired labour, published in January, drive real change for workers across the globe. Richard Anstead, Head of Product Management at the Fairtrade Foundation, discusses the journey to unlocking the power of the many.

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