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Autumn Update

Posted on November 1, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

  • Sutton has recently been successful in its application to renew its FAIRTRADE certification . The process has involved the update of the borough’s action plan for churches , businesses , schools and the council to work together to support and promote FAIRTRADE locally over the course of  next 2 years.
  • FAIRTRADE fortnight for the year 2016 has been announced – it will take place between Monday 29 February and Sunday 13 March . It will follow the theme of Martin Luther King’s famous words
“Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world”- it will be all about  breakfasts – so whether you are a school , church, business or individual  do start thinking about what you can do  about to mark this important event . you can find out more at
  • Mars have now decided to source all the cocoa that goes into their mars bars in UK and Ireland on FAIRTRADE terms . This follows on from their decision in 2012 to turn Maltesers Fairtrade  . This means that not only will  West African farmers be getting a fair price for their cocoa, Mars will now also be investing £1.5 million a year by 2016 into West African cocoa communities through the Fairtrade Premium. This is the extra money on top of the fair price that goes back to farmers for them to democratically decide how to invest in improving their farms and communities.
This is all good news….  but the  FAIRTRADE  movement still has a long way to go. Farmers in developing countries want to be able to sell more of their produce on Fairtrade terms and  need us to create the sustain the demand as we shop. At the same time there is an increasingly competitive climate between supermarkets and some FAIRTRADE products are being de- listed.
 YOU can help ! Look for Fairtrade alternatives when you shop and ask if its not there. Check out our audit to see where you can buy Fairtrade in Sutton :
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