Fairtrade's vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.

To achieve this vision, Fairtrade seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged. By facilitating trading partnerships based on equity and transparency, Fairtrade contributes to sustainable development for marginalisedproducers, workers and their communities. Through demonstration of alternatives to conventional trade and other forms of advocacy, the Fairtrade movement empowers citizens to campaign for an international trade system based on justice and fairness.

Try to include Fairtrade ingredient in your cake, eg sugar, chocolate, cocoa, bananas etc. The baking skills of the All Saints congregation are well known.

Maltesers are now Fairtrade in the UK and Ireland. A global agreement has occurred between Mars and Fairtrade to support cocoa farmers in building more sustainable livelihoods and will deliver over $1m in Fairtrade Premiums each year to the smallholder cooperatives involved in West Africa.”

The Fairtrade Foundation press release:

This is fantastically good news! Mars is the third largest confectionary manufacturer in the UK, and their commitment to purchase Fairtrade cocoa, not just for the Malteser brand, but ultimately for all their lines, will increase sales of Fairtrade cocoa to the UK by 10%!

Significantly, this deal indicates the commitment of a large cocoa importer to purchasing certifiable cocoa.

The Fairtrade Foundation says:

“At the heart of this agreement is a shared ambition to make commodity certification that supports sustainable livelihoods for farmers the norm in the cocoa industry.”

Fiona Dawson, President of Mars UK, says: “Mars is looking to lead the way in enabling certification for the whole cocoa sector”.

Certification is a vital reform due to the illegal labour practices to be found on cocoa farms struggling to survive, despite the multi billion dollar chocolate industry. Enforced labour, child labour and children sold from poorer neighbouring countries to cocoa farms are acknowledged abuses. Although this has been common knowledge for a long time (Panorama screened a documentary back in 2000) yet the practice persists, and because cocoa is bought and auctioned through middle men, it is impossible for UK chocolate manufacturers to be certain their cocoa did not come from such farms.(Whatever they may claim).

Fairtrade cocoa farms, on the other hand, have strict labour regulations, and all their cocoa is certified and tracked from farm to port. Public pressure is mounting on our big chocolate brands.

Buying Fairtrade is buying with confidence!

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