Backing Fairtrade Yorkshire

University of Hull

The University of Hull has a new Fairtrade Steering Group.  Chris King from the group is keen to support the campaign for Fairtrade Yorkshire.

Posted on October 7th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Leeds Uni Oxfam support us

The Oxfam Campaigns Group at the University of Leeds are backing Fairtrade Yorkshire.

Sean & Soo from Leeds Uni Oxfam

Posted on September 30th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Yorkshire Oxfamers back Fairtrade Yorkshire

Key Oxfam activists from across Yorkshire have given their backing to the campaign to make Yorkshire the UK’s first Fairtrade Region.

Pictured here are Oxfam Campaigns representatives from Todmorden, Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Sheffield and York.


Posted on September 30th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Ian McMillan’s poem for Fairtrade Yorkshire

Ian McMillan supports Fairtrade Yorkshire

Ian McMillan lends his support to the campaign

Yorkshire poet and national treasure Ian McMillan, the Bard of Barnsley, has leant his support to the campaign to make Yorkshire a Fairtrade Region.

The presenter of BBC Radio 3’s “The Verb” and poet-in-residence at Barnsley FC has penned an ode to the campaign called simply “Fairtrade Region”:

Let’s make Yorkshire a Fairtrade place,
Put a Fairtrade smile on a trader’s face;
From the northern dales to the steel-built south,
Let’s bring a grin to a trader’s mouth;
From the Western Moors to the East Coast ships,
Let’s raise a cheer from a trader’s lips.
Let’s make a Fairtrade county – make it fair,
Show that we’re Yorkshire and show we care!

Hear Ian McMillan reading the poem – we’ll be uploading a video soon!

Many thanks, Ian!

Posted on September 19th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire

MEP supports Fairtrade Yorkshire

Yorkshire MEP, Linda McAvan, is proud to give her backing to the Fairtrade Yorkshire campaign.  Speaking to our coordinator, Mark Dawson, she said:

“As chair of both the European Parliament Fair Trade Group and the Parliament’s Committee on International Development, I am delighted to support Fair Trade Yorkshire’s campaign to become the UK’s first Fair Trade region. I became more active on Fair Trade after visiting cocoa farmers in Ghana whose livelihoods have been dramatically improved by becoming Fair Trade farmers. What particularly struck me was that the extra income and financial security Fair Trade brings leads to better life chances for their children because it means more resources for education, healthcare and  clean water.

Sales of Fair Trade goods are on the increase in our region. This is great news. Lots of schools, colleges, universities, local councils and  companies have Fair Trade policies. In the European Parliament we are working to make it easier for local authorities and other organisations to switch to Fair Trade by promoting it in public procurement. Growth in Fair Trade sales despite the economic downturn shows that the policy has strong public support.

By becoming a Fair Trade region, Yorkshire is sending out a clear message that we want people in the developing world to be paid a fair price for the work and the goods they produce and that we are prepared to do our bit for global justice.

Posted on July 6th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Archbishop’s message for Fairtrade Yorkshire

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has sent us this message for Fairtrade Yorkshire:

“Last year estimated sales of Fairtrade products reached £1.32bn, which was a 12% increase on the previous year.  Fairtrade has been a massive success since its launch twenty years ago. Gradually but definitely, our shopping habits are changing.

The Archbishop of York on a visit to the Ivory Coast

In 2009 I visited the Ivory Coast to see the impact Fairtrade chocolate here would have on disadvantaged cocoa farmers there. It’s a country ground down by poverty and riven by conflict. Life expectancy and literacy are low.  In places where there had never been schools, the cooperatives are able, with the help of the Fairtrade premium and Nestlé, to create elementary education for their children and build a health centre serving local workers and their families.

In January 2012, Mr Fasseri from the Kavokiva Co-op on the Ivory Coast visited the Manor School in York, as part of the Archbishop of York’s Youth Leaders’ Programme. His picture is on the 4 bar KIT KAT. His initiative and drive were inspiring. It is people like him who, with our active goodwill, can change the fortunes of the poor. So keep up the good work to support and use the Fairtrade branded goods in as many places as possible where you live, it can make all the difference.”


Posted on July 6th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Bishops Back Fairtrade Yorkshire


Three of Yorkshire’s bishops have given strong backing to the campaign for Fairtrade Yorkshire.


Bishop John of Ripon & Leeds has said:

‘Fair Trade is one of the great movements of our time.   It contributes to the welfare of people throughout the world and helps to ensure justice.   I am delighted to support the aim of Fairtrade status for Yorkshire.’




Bishop Tony of Pontefract:


‘I am very pleased to support the campaign to make ‘God’s Own County’ a Fairtrade county.  Supporting farmers in poor countries is so important for them.  They want to be able to help themselves and Fairtrade gives them a really good start’



Bishop Stephen of Wakefield:

‘I am delighted that Yorkshire is at the forefront of trying to achieve Fairtrade status. Justice for all people is central to the Christian Faith which is why so many churches support Fairtrade products. I very pleased indeed to be able to support this important initiative.’

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Mama Fairtrade backs Fairtrade Yorkshire

Mama Fairtrade shows her support

Mama Fairtrade, Patricia Mutangili, has given her backing to the campaign for Fairtrade Yorkshire.  On a recent visit to God’s own county, she spoke to supporters about the difference Fairtrade has made to the lives of tea farmers in Kenya.

Mama Fairtrade has earned her title because she spreads the message of Fairtrade wherever she goes.  Patricia is part of a cooperative of tea farmers who sell their tea to Ndima, which supplies tea used in the Traidcraft range.

Posted on October 18th, 2011 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Sheffield rugby stars show off their labels

credit: Bryan Unkles

Fairtrade Fortnight in Sheffield had an atheletic edge to it when stars of its rugby union teams showed off their lables.  The teams braved the snow to support Fairtrade at an event organised by locally based business, Cafeology.

Cafeology are an ethical beverage and equipment supplier who provide Fairtrade coffee, chocolate and sugar to companies across the UK and Ireland.

Posted on July 19th, 2011 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News