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News & Features - May 2014

World Fairtrade

Monday 12th May 2014

FairtradeSaturday 10th May was World Fair Trade Day, a global celebration of fair trade and the consumers and producers who come together to make a better trading system a reality.

The list of fair trade products available in shops is expanding all the time and the Fairtrade Mark is becoming ever more mainstream. You’ve probably seen the Fairtrade Mark on big brand names like Cadbury Dairy Milk or Tate & Lyle sugar, but you might not know about a group of smaller social enterprises that are the really leading the fair trade vision to transform how business is done.

These companies have created entirely new business models with farmers and workers at the heart of what they do. Their pioneering work paved the way for the widespread adoption of fair trade by larger, well-known companies and brands, and without them fair trade would not be where it is today.

Cafédirect is the UK's largest Fairtrade hot drinks company and their teas, coffees and hot chocolate are sold in all the leading supermarkets.

Divine Chocolate is a farmer-owned chocolate company and a leading champion of the Fairtrade movement with an ever-expanding range of chocolate bars as well as Easter Eggs, Advent calendars and a range of gifts.

Equal Exchange is a workers' co-operative which is dedicated to the promotion of Fairtrade and Organic production methods, ensuring a fair deal for farmers and the environment.

Gossypium pioneered the introduction of ethical textiles to the UK and now sell a range of cotton items.

Liberation is a farmer-owned Fairtrade nut company which sells nuts under the Liberation nuts brand and also supplies most Fairtrade own-brand nuts in supermarkets.

Pants to Poverty is not simply content to make some of the most comfortable and stylish pants on the planet, but works with thousands of farmers and factory workers in India to celebrate fashion as a beautiful tool to change the world!

People Tree uses fashion to help people in the world's most marginalised communities escape poverty and promote sustainability.

Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives. Established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, they are the UK's leading fair trade organisation. They run development programmes in some of the poorest countries in the world, and campaign in the UK and internationally to bring about trade justice.

Tropical Wholefoods are pioneering importers of tropical dried nuts and fruits. They pay fair prices in advance, develop and market farmers’ products, run their own factory in Sunderland and are Fairtrade and Organic certified.

Visionary Soap is a leading Fairtrade bodycare company, one of the first to launch Fairtrade certified beauty products.

Zaytoun is an inspiring Community Interest Company created to develop a UK market for artisanal Palestinian products, including olive oil.

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