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What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. 

By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

What is the Fairtrade mark?

The Fairtrade mark is an independent consumer label which appears on products as a guarantee that disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world are getting a better deal.

 Who is behind the Fairtrade mark?

The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent body in the UK that awards the Fairtrade mark to products that meet Fairtrade standards. The foundation is part of an international network of 20 organisations that are members of the standard-setting and certification body Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO).

 How many Fairtrade products are there in the UK?

The Fairtrade Foundation has licensed over 3,000 Fairtrade certified products for sale through retail and catering outlets in the UK - coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, other fresh and dried fruit, juices, honey, cakes and snacks, preserves, nuts, oils, herbs, spices, rice, beer, rum, wine, roses, cotton products and sports balls.

Where can I buy them?

You can find products carrying the Fairtrade mark in supermarkets, local shops, cafes,  bars, restaurants, health food and Fairtrade shops, from catering suppliers, by mail order and online.