Eileen Maybin, Head of Media Relations, had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela when she was seconded by the UK development agency Christian Aid to work at the South African Council of Churches (SACC), as part of the agency’s solidarity programme following the release of the former South African leader. The SACC brokered talks between Mr Mandela, former South African President F. W. De Klerk and the Inkatha leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi in those violent times.
As the world mourns the loss of Mr Mandela, Eileen reflects on how the vision and legacy of a man who fought tirelessly for justice and equality reflect many of the values at the heart of Fairtrade.
Coffee farmers in Central and South America are facing the double challenge of plummeting world coffee prices and fungal disease destroying their coffee trees. Dave Goodyear, Fairtrade Producer Research and Information Manager, explains why, at times like this, the Fairtrade Minimum Price provides a safety net for farmers and the Fairtrade Premium provides finance for disease mitigation programmes.
Congratulations to Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign for persuading Coca Cola to ditch land grab sugar. Now it’s time for big food companies to also commit to sourcing from small holder farmers says Jon Walker, Fairtrade’s Sugar Product Manager
Today (14 November) marks the historic moment 25 years ago when a handful of Dutch pioneers and Mexican coffee farmers decided to go against the tide and make a fair exchange for the fruits of their labour.
This drive to ‘make trade fair’ has become a nearly €5 billion-a-year global movement touching the lives of millions of growers and shoppers.
Carry Somers, founder of Fair Trade accessories brand Pachacuti, created the idea of an annual Fashion Revolution Day after the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh, in which more than 1,130 people died. Six months after the disaster, she explains why she wants to celebrate best practice and raise awareness of the true cost of fast fashion.
London celebrated five years as the biggest Fairtrade City in the world earlier this week. Organisers of the celebrations agreed that though working towards Fairtrade Town or City status is a lot of effort, it’s a great way to unite and energise neighbours, groups, local authorities and businesses to strive together towards a common goal and link them to people across the world.
Today (23 October) TWIN and the Fairtrade Foundation hosted a joint food industry event on ways to empower women farmers in supply chains. The Fairtrade Foundation’s Chief Executive Michael Gidney says it is time the role women play in supply chains is recognised.
What can Fairtrade learn about how other ethical labelling initiatives encourage businesses to become ‘good companies’? Eileen Maybin, Head of Media Relations, Fairtrade Foundation attends a Forest Stewardship Council conference in Copenhagen to see how charities engage and work with the corporate world to create long term, sustainable change.
A fine three course meal in the Avenue, a D&D restaurant in Mayfair. An evening of entertainment and information chaired by Fairtrade supporter George Alagiah. The great and good of Fairtrade exchange pleasantries and chink glasses of the finest Fairtrade wine.
It’s our first official Dine with a Difference restaurant dinner and it’s a world away from rural East Africa. But there’s a direct connection.