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The Plight of Women and Girls in India – Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 (Christine Snow)

We are delighted to bring you this article written by Christine Snow, of BAFTS’ supplier Kerala Crafts, about the plight of women and girls in India, to focus our minds leading up to Fairtrade Fortnight 27 February-12 March. “WOMEN” It is estimated that more than 85% of females in India

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“Believe You Can” wins Gift of the Year 2017 “Fair trade” Award for Fairy tutus

The past few days have seen our usual visit to Spring Fair to visit as many of our exhibiting suppliers as possible over the space of a day and a half. It was great to see so many vibrant looking fair trade stalls with a huge array of products and

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 “It’s Time To Put Fairtrade In Your Break”

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight fills its usual slot early in the year, and runs from 27 February to 12 March. The theme is “It’s Time to Put Fairtrade In Your Break” and the following extract from the Fairtrade Foundation’s website explains why this Campaign Fortnight is as important as ever:

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BAFTS’ Executive Officer a special guest at opening of Dundee Ethical Xmas Fair

It was a delight to be invited to come and speak on behalf of BAFTS at the Ethical Christmas Fair running in Dundee from 3-18 December and organised by Tania Pramschufer of Hand Up events. The event has usually run in Edinburgh but a change was felt necessary for their

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Our Exec Officer helps open Ethical Christmas Fair Dundee Mon 5th December

We are delighted that our Executive Officer, Kathryn Sygrove, has been asked to help open the Hand Up Ethical Christmas Fair in Dundee on Monday 5th December at 1pm alongside the Lord Provost. The Fair itself is usually held in Edinburgh but this year, its 10th Anniversary, it is being

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Ethical Consumer Conference: Fiona Gooch (Traidcraft) Retail Sourcing Practises

Although it is over a month since this very enlightening Conference, many of the discussions are still highly relevant. Fiona Gooch, Senior Policy Advisor at Traidcraft, talked with authority about the transparency of, and improvements to, retailers’ sourcing practises. As Grocery Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon’s role (otherwise known as the

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Anti-Poverty Week 16-22 October 2016 #FairTradebreakspoverty

As a member of WFTO, BAFTS positively supports Anti-Poverty Week running from 16-22 October, and encourages all of its members by extension to do likewise. Our Facebook and Twitter banners have been changed and can be downloaded and used for the same purposes on member pages. If BAFTS’ members are

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Notes from Paul Monaghan, Fair Tax Mark, on “Tax Avoidance & public sector Procurement”

The original speech was given by Paul Monaghan, one of the Directors of the Fair Tax Mark, at the Ethical Consumer Conference, on September 30th in London. These are my notes from re-listening via the Ethical Consumer website. Whilst all the subjects discussed were fascinating and eye-opening, this is the

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Gateway Sunday…a Service with Heather Thompson, Traidcraft Exchange

Sunday 4th September was the date for the annual Gateway Sunday, a Church service in St. Nicholas’ Church, Durham, when BAFTS’ shop Gateway World Shop (which is housed in the former vestry and has been for over 25 years) works with the vicar taking the sermon to raise themes of

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Edinburgh in a day: the Fair and Ethical Trade on the Fringe, and Just Festival

On Tuesday I was given the opportunity to visit Edinburgh to attend the Fair and Ethical Trade on the Fringe event  running from 7-27 August, and to attend some exhibitions and a drama as part of the Just Festival which runs concurrently from 5-28 August. The fair is an opportunity to

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