October 16 2014

What does the future hold for the next 20 years of Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is now 20 years old. Back in 1994 there were just three Fairtrade products - Clipper tea, Cafe Direct coffee and Maya Gold chocolate.

Yesterday we had an inspiring day at the Fairtrade business conference. Alan got there early to meet up with some good friends and chat over their breakfast coffee. Here he is with Harriet Lamb, Head of Fairtrade international, and CEO of Fairtrade Africa, Dr Nyagoy Nyong'o (Photo above).

Attendees at the conference were challenged and encouraged by the day, meeting other like-minded business owners, and hearing the speakers.

Even after 20 years of making significant progress in international trade, Fairtrade are not complacent. What they have done is extraordinary, getting justice for workers worldwide. Aswell as insuring a fair price for workers, improving social living standards and education in agriculture and for families, Fairtrade has been pioneering rights for women in the workplace, empowering them to own their own land and manage trade.

Now recognised by 78% of the UK population, the Fairtrade mark is on 4,500 products, including Fairtrade Gold. Sales of Fairtrade products are now estimated to be over £1.7 billion a year, delivering an extra £26 million in Fairtrade Premium to farmers and workers around the world.

Here's to the next 20 years! We can't wait to see what other products may receive the Fairtrade mark - Cred, the jewellery pioneers, are working hard to try and make the jewellery industry see the benefits of a transparent supply chain, not only for gold, but also diamonds. The first step is Fairtrade gold from Africa. We'll keep you posted...

See some images of the highlights of the last 20 years of Fairtrade here

This is our pick from the selection: