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  • Fairtrade at 20

    The future of Fairtrade

    6 November 2014 by Michael Gidney, Chief Executive of Fairtrade Foundation

    Back in 1994, the year that the FAIRTRADE Mark launched in the UK, I was working in southern Africa. After years when civil war seemed inevitable, there was a tangible sense that hope and peace would triumph over despair, as the era of Apartheid came to an end. That same spirit of optimism was present too when three far-sighted brands – Green & Blacks, Cafédirect and Clipper tea – offered the first Fairtrade certified products in the UK.

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    Dangerous Ideas Wanted

    15 October 2014 by Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International. Harriet’s newly updated book ‘Fighting the Banana Wars and other Fairtrade battles’ is published by Ebury Press.

    The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde said: ‘An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all’. Twenty years ago, Fairtrade burst onto Britain’s shop shelves with just such a dangerous idea: that farmers and workers in developing countries should be paid a fair price, that they needed a better deal – and that we, the companies and consumers in Britain should pay for the true value of our cocoa, coffee or bananas.

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  • Generation Fairtrade

    Generation Fairtrade

    14 October 2014 by Hannah Genders Boyd, winner of our ‘Fairtrade at 20’ blog competition

    As the FAIRTRADE Mark celebrates its 20th birthday, 19-year-old Hannah Genders Boyd shares her story, exploring the challenges and opportunities that lay in the next two decades…

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  • Generation Fairtrade

    Generation Fairtrade

    14 October 2014 by Hannah Genders Boyd, winner of our ‘Fairtrade at 20’ blog competition

    As the FAIRTRADE Mark celebrates its 20th birthday, 19-year-old Hannah Genders Boyd shares her story, exploring the challenges and opportunities that lay in the next two decades…

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