What is Fairtrade?
A simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices. It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
The Fairtrade mark
The Fairtrade mark means:
A minimum price is paid to Fairtrade producers covering their costs of production.
The producers receive an additional Fairtrade Premium, an extra amount of money to invest in their communities on economic, social and environmental projects.
Workers on farms also get rights under Fairtrade like decent wages and they are allowed to join unions.
Producers in Fairtrade co-operatives always get a democratic say in decisions – women included.
The Fairtrade Premium
On top of the agreed Fairtrade minimum price, producers also receive the Fairtrade Premium. Farmers and workers vote democratically on how it’s spent. This is development that’s decided by the people who will benefit from it. After all, they’re the ones best placed to make the premium work the hardest. Roads have been laid, nurseries equipped and helpful new tools have been put to work all thanks to the Fairtrade Premium.
The Fairtrade Premium allows farmers and workers the breathing space to invest in new ways of doing things and to plan for their futures.
Be part of Gateshead Fairtrade Steering Group
We are keen to involve local businesses in our Steering Group, and to understand the size of the local supply chain.
If you as an individual or on behalf of a local business are interested in becoming a member of the Gateshead Fairtrade Steering Group, and advancing the Fairtrade agenda in Gateshead, please get in touch with us using the contact details below.
Becoming a Fairtrade School
A key part of being a Fairtrade Town is educating young people about what Fair trade is, and how their actions can make a substantial difference to the livelihoods of growers, producers and manufacturers around the world.
Find out more about how your school can support Fairtrade.
Becoming a Fairtrade Business
Whatever your business, there are lots of ways you can become more Fairtrade Friendly. From producing certified Fairtrade Products, becoming a stockist, running a campaign, or just serving Fairtrade Tea and Coffee in your offices. The Fairtrade Foundation has a great amount of resources available to help your business do the right thing and take advantage of the extra reputational benefit it brings. You can find more information on the Fairtrade website.