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Fairtrade Jersey
Encouraging the growth of Fairtrade by increasing the knowledge and use of Fairtrade products in Jersey
Fairtrade Jersey
Encouraging the growth of Fairtrade by increasing the knowledge and use of Fairtrade products in Jersey

The Jersey Fairtrade Island Group believes that Fairtrade goods are a positive move towards the eradication of poverty. We therefore consider our role is to encourage the growth of Fairtrade by increasing the knowledge and use of Fairtrade products in Jersey.

WHAT IS FAIRTRADE?

Fairtrade is about fair reward, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay above market prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their lot and have more control over their lives.

 

What is the FAIRTRADE Mark?

The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent consumer label which appears on UK products as a guarantee that they have given their producers a fair deal. The Mark is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation, a registered charity set up by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft Exchange and the World Development Movement. It shares internationally recognised Fairtrade standards with initiatives in 20 other countries, working together as Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO).

 

What does Fairtrade mean for third world producers?

There are an estimated 1 million farmers and workers directly involved in Fairtrade. In addition, millions more people benefit indirectly from the investments in communities of the social premium. Fairtrade means better terms of trade and decent working conditions. The Fairtrade Foundation, with its partners, maintains these standards by regularly inspecting third world suppliers and their supply chains, and checking contracts and trade terms.

 

What Products are available and where can I find them?

The FAIRTRADE Mark appears on over 5000 different retail products. They are available in most major supermarkets, wholefood and Fair Trade shops, and by mail order.

If you would like to buy Fairtrade and the store or cafe doesn't appear to have it why not ask the manager if they will consider doing so in the future. Consumer pressure can be very effective in growing support for Fairtrade.