For your attention and action where appropriate:
This summer, Sainsbury’s announced it would drop the Fairtrade Mark on its tea and pilot its own ‘Fairly Traded’ label. Many have been outraged, and in a matter of weeks an online petition topped 90,000 signatures.
But why should we defend the Fairtrade Mark?
It’s a basic question, yet easily brushed over. After all, Fairtrade is the most well-known and trusted ethical label in the world. In buying Fairtrade tea, chocolate or coffee, we are reassured no one has been exploited and that producers have been paid a fair price. But is this the end of the story?
In a new blog, our Policy Director Liz May gives an interesting take on the topic. She explains the principles behind Fairtrade - which have given it its strength - and argues that Sainsbury’s label cannot replace it. But she also talks about the limitations of the Mark. Because Fairtrade isn’t, and has never been, the solution to all injustices in global trade.
Traidcraft is one of the founders of the Fairtrade Foundation and we stand behind the Mark. But in order to defend Fairtrade, we need to understand both its strengths and limitations.
So, please do read Liz’s blog and, if you like it, share it with family and friends. It’s a thought-provoking and interesting piece, and I highly recommend it.
I’ll be in touch again soon with new exciting actions that you can take at your local Sainsbury’s. I hope you’ll join the campaign and tell Sainsbury’s to bring back Fairtrade.
All the best,
Traidcraft Exchange’s Campaigns Team
Birmingham strives to be a city where everyone works together to eradicate homelessness. This is our vision for the new Birmingham Homelessness Prevention Strategy 2017+.
Homelessness can be caused by a number of different life experiences including personal factors such as poor health and relationship breakdown, as well as local circumstances concerning housing supply and national policy such as welfare reform.
Birmingham City Council and our strategic partners from the Housing Birmingham Partnership and across Health, Housing, Voluntary and Third Sectors would welcome your views about how we can best achieve our vision together as part of the consultation we are currently holding to develop the Homelessness Prevention Strategy.
The consultation is available at https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk. The consultation documents and questionnaire outline our plans to tackle homelessness in Birmingham and provides you with an opportunity to tell us what you think. There are five key questions that we would like you to respond to but we also welcome any other comments you might wish to make in relation to ending homelessness in the city.
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