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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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Rainbow Turtle wins “Outstanding Achievement” for Fairtrade Fortnight Display

Rainbow Turtle Scoops Annual Fairtrade Campaign Award Rainbow Turtle has received the Outstanding Achievement Award in the annual Fairtrade Campaign Awards as judged by the Fairtrade Foundation. The group was recognised for their commitment to raising awareness about the principles and values of Fairtrade in their local community during Fairtrade Fortnight 2016,

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Traidcraft Retailer Day Weds 3rd August Gateshead

Two weeks ago, it was the Traidcraft Retailer day at their premises in Gateshead. Kathryn, our Executive Officer, went along with Hazel Dobson, Gateway World Shop Manager and Board member, and our Chair Joanna Pollard was also there, as was recently co-opted Board Member Dolores Harvey. Although it was a

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Homeless World Cup Glasgow 10-16 July 2016

The Homeless World Cup is currently taking place in George Square, Glasgow, from 10-16 July. It is a pioneering event which started in 2001 and now has involvement from more than 70 countries, with more wanting to join in. It touches 100,000 homeless people a year through football but, as

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Thirty Million Film Synopsis www.thirtymillionfilm.org

A new film about Climate Change was released by Raw Cinematics a few days ago called Thirty Million, co-directed by Daniel Price, Polar Arctic Researcher and Founder of the PoletoParis bike ride and run which Kathryn, our Executive Officer, took part in last Autumn, in order to raise awareness of Climate

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