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My local shop doesnt offer Fairtrade products What can I do?

You can order leaflets from us explaining Fairtrade and give them to the manager, while politely asking them to stock Fairtrade. And when they do, support them by telling others and buying the Fairtrade products!

Where can I get free samples of Fairtrade products for an event?

The Fairtrade Foundation is unable to provide samples. However, if you contact Fairtrade registered licensees directly, they can often provide samples of tea, coffee, sugar and chocolate.

Where can I get free promotional materials?

We’ve got loads of promotional materials, many of them free, available to order from our Shop Fairtrade e-shop.

Can someone come and give a talk to my group?

We receive many requests every day and are unfortunately unable to accept every invitation. If you are a group with or working towards Fairtrade status, we will do our very best to accommodate your request. Please email mail@fairtrade.org.uk with details of your event. If you are a school or community group, you may wish to check if there is a Fairtrade Town, City or other community campaign in your area, and contact the local representative. If you are unsure if there is a Fairtrade group near you, please contact us here. Schools can also find details of organisations and resource people you can contact on the Fairtrade Schools website.  Other organisations can also provide speakers on Fair Trade themes. Traidcraft has a nationwide network of speakers, whilst Shared Interest have ambassadors who can talk about their work providing finance to marginalised producer organisations. 

I am a student doing a project on Fairtrade can the Fairtrade Foundation send me information?

While we are very pleased that so many students produce dissertations and projects on various aspects of Fairtrade, limited time and resources make it impossible for us to reply to requests like this, or to agree to individual interviews or respond to personal questionnaires. For school and undergraduate student projects, we have put as much information on our website to enable you to find answers to most questions we are asked as part of these projects. In particular, try visiting the the resources and producers section of the website and Fairtrade Schools section.

Where can I buy Fairtrade products?

See our Buying Fairtrade page. You’ll find Fairtrade products in supermarkets, independent shops, cafés, restaurants, through catering suppliers and wholesales, as well as online. Also check out shops that are part of BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops) which often have product ranges not available in mainstream stores.

How much of the price we pay for Fairtrade products goes back to the producers?

Whatever the price of the product on the shelf, only the FAIRTRADE Mark ensures that the producers have received what is agreed as a fairer price, as well as the Fairtrade premium to invest in the future of their communities. The Fairtrade price applies at the point where the producer organisation sells to the next person in the supply chain (usually an exporter or importer). It is not calculated as a proportion of the final retail price, which is negotiated between the product manufacturer and the retailer. You can read a fuller explanation here: Retail pricing of Fairtrade products.

How big is the UK Fairtrade market?

The UK is one of the world’s leading Fairtrade markets, with more products and more awareness of Fairtrade than anywhere else. Almost one in three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade. Fairtrade sales in 2012 were £1.57bn.

Who is responsible for setting Fairtrade standards?

All Fairtrade standards, including minimum prices and premiums are set by the Standards Unit at Fairtrade International and the minimum prices and premiums for each product are included in the product-specific standards available on their website. The process for agreeing international Fairtrade standards follows the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Social and Environmental Labelling, where stakeholders (including producers, traders, NGOs) participate in the research and consultation process and final decision making.

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