Archive for April, 2021

World Fair Trade Day 8 May 2021 – Build Back Fairer

World Fair Trade Day is a great opportunity for Fairtrade communities to take action away from the main UK Fairtrade Fortnight activities.

Co-ordinated by the World Fair Trade Organisation,  World Fair Trade day happens on the second Saturday in May every year. As well as the farmers and workers who grow and make the Fairtrade marked products we celebrate during Fairtrade Fortnight, the focus is on the organisations who are part of the wider fair trade movement, as members of WFTO itself or network members like BAFTS – Fair Trade Network UK. The artisans and producers who make these mainly hand crafted products, from clothing and accessories to home and garden ornaments are a key part of the move towards a fairer world. You may remember the CEO of the WFTO Erinch Sahan was the keynote speaker at the Fairtrade Yorkshire Conference in October 2020 so we have a great connection from our region to the wider fair trade movement.

World Fair Trade Day will see a Europe-wide campaign celebrating the fair trade outlets in your local area under the banner “Fair Trade Local”. We’re asking people to take photos 0utside their local fair trade shop and upload them to social media with the hashtag #FairTradeLocal. We’re also asking you to contact your local MP or mayor and ask them to take a photo with the poster reading “Build Back Fairer”, then send them to the WFTO for inclusion in their gallery.

Here’s our Co-ordinator and newly elected Chair of the National Campaigner Committee sharing her message.

Get the email template and instructions

There are social media assets for you to download here.

Download the poster here.

Watch the Build Back Fairer campaign video here and via the Fairtrade Yorkshire YouTube channel



Posted on April 12th, 2021 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

National Campaigner Committee latest news

Community campaigners are the beating heart of the Fairtrade movement and thousands of us up and down the country spend every Fairtrade Fortnight and beyond engaging with our local communities in high streets, village halls, churches, schools universities and steam trains. We are a diverse bunch as Yorkshire’s 38 Fairtrade communities show – we campaign in the way that works best for us.

But we do all this with the understanding that we are working as a single campaigning community, with a single aim, using materials created by the Fairtrade Foundation’s Campaigns Team and others to create a single message – Choose Fairtrade. It works. It empowers farmers, helping their communities. Our grassroots community movement is dedicated to supporting the grassroots community organisations who decide how their Fairtrade community premium is spent. Telling their stories is the most important and rewarding part of campaigning for Fairtrade.

Since the first Fairtrade Town – Garstang – was announced in 2001, over 600 UK places have joined the Fairtrade Towns movement and we’ve made a huge impact.  In 2010  the National Campaigner Committee was set up as a way to give campaigners a democratic voice within Fairtrade. The committee is designed to represent the regions and nations of the UK and report back to campaigners. It’s also designed to give campaigners a key contact – fairly local to them – who can represent their views to the Fairtrade Foundation and give feedback on campaigns.

In April 2021 Joanna Pollard was elected Chair of the NCC, following on Dr Mark Dawson, her predecessor as Co-ordinator of Fairtrade Yorkshire.

Joanna’s message to campaigners on her election:

It’s been a really hard year for campaigners, with many of our usual Fairtrade Fortnight activities unable to take place, but moving almost everything online gave us an opportunity to connect in ways we never imagined. In particular the possibilities of virtually visiting Fairtrade farmers and workers in their own homes – meeting them where they are, seeing how they live and work – was really special and something I’m sure we would all like to build on in the future.

This month I was delighted to be elected as Chair of your National Campaigner Committee and am looking forward to getting to know you better and strengthening the bond we have with each other and the global fair trade community, Many of you have already engaged with me at some point during the 15 years I’ve been involved in fair trade, whether through BAFTS, Fairtrade Yorkshire, the Nestle campaign or the Fairtrade Connections festival. It’s really important to me that your voice is heard, within your local communities and at the Fairtrade Foundation, and your National Campaigner Committee will continue to support and champion the grassroots activists, supporters and campaigners who make Fairtrade such a force for good in the UK and around the world. I can’t wait to get started!

Joanna is listening to Fairtrade campaigners about how the next few years will look. If you have a burning issue you want to talk about please complete this anonymous form:

Tell us what you think

The latest news from the National Campaigner Committee can be found here:

NCC meeting summary April 2021

Posted on April 9th, 2021 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News