Make Fair Trade Products compulsory!

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Yesterday (14 November 2013) marks the historic moment 25 years ago when a handful of Dutch pioneers and Mexican coffee farmers decided to go against the tide and make a fair exchange for the fruits of their labour.

This drive to ‘make trade fair’ has become a nearly €5 billion-a-year global movement touching the lives of millions of growers and shoppers.


In 1988 Frans van der Hoff, a Dutch missionary,  along with a Dutch economist named Nico Roozen and the development agency, Solidaridad, launched the Max Havelaar label, named after a fictional character who opposed the exploitation of coffee pickers in Indonesia.

‘Twenty-five years ago the Dutch founders were told that they 'had the guts to go and do it when people said it wouldn’t work and that the public didn’t care.' Lets Prove those people wrong!

The Fairtrade label can now be found on more than 30,000 products, including tea, bananas, sugar and chocolate. Its benefits reach more than 1.35 million farmers and workers around the world. Over the past 25 years, the FAIRTRADE Mark has become the most recognised mark in the world, with over €4.8 billion in annual sales and we are proud of our tremendous strides in some countries, for example:

  • In Switzerland, more than half of all bananas are Fairtrade   
  • Over 40 % of bagged sugar in the UK carries the FAIRTRADE Mark
  • One in five bunches of flowers sold in Germany is Fairtrade certified. 

But even for all of the success, fairly traded goods still represent less than one per cent of global trade in most products. Fairtrade intends to boost its impact for poor farmers and workers with its new three-year strategic framework however we need your help! Sign this petition and help Millions of farmers and growers get the deal they deserve!




With 10 signatures and this having been running for more than a month I doubt this will get anymore supporters... Thanks if you signed it!! -Reba McDowall

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