Update from the chairman:

The Future for Fairtrade

The third annual meeting of the Suffolk Association of Fairtrade Towns (SAFT) was be held in Felixstowe on 30 June.  In the afternoon Michael Gidney, the Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation gave a talk on ‘The Future for Fairtrade’.  He said that, as far as he knew, Suffolk was the only county to have formed a network of Fairtrade towns and commended the initiative.

He said, globally, Fairtrade sales increased by over 11% in the last year generating $150m in Fairtrade premiums – the amount paid to communities in addition to the fair price for produce and goods.  A key element of Fairtrade is that the spending of the Fairtrade premium should be decided locally and democratically.  In the UK Fairtrade sales grew by 7%, with more supermarkets and restaurant chains taking an active role.

Mike also emphasised the importance of making sure that, in the post Brexit world, the interests of Fairtrade farmers and producers are protected.

For more information on SAFT visit their website at: www.suffolkfairtrade.org.uk

Art on the Prom

Our next big public event is at Art on the Prom on 2 September, where we will have a stall selling Fairtrade drinks and homemade cake.  Do come and join us if you can when we hope to have our new leaflet detailing where you can by Fairtrade goods in Felixstowe.

Join our Team of Volunteers

If you support Fairtrade and would like to help in promoting it we are always on the lookout for volunteers. We would provide all necessary support and would not expect you to do more than you feel comfortable with. Contact us if you would like more information and we would be happy to discuss.  Even if you are not able to help we would welcome you as a member of the Forum.  Membership is free, you can join via this website and by joining you can demonstrate your support for Fairtrade.

Please be assured, Fairtrade really does make a difference.

Regards,

Alan Muchal




Update from the chairman

The Future for Fairtrade

The third annual meeting of the Suffolk Association of Fairtrade Towns (SAFT) was be held in Felixstowe on 30 June.  In the afternoon Michael Gidney, the Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation gave a talk on ‘The Future for Fairtrade’.  He said that, as far as he knew, Suffolk was the only county to have formed a network of Fairtrade towns and commended the initiative.

He said, globally, Fairtrade sales increased by over 11% in the last year generating $150m in Fairtrade premiums – the amount paid to communities in addition to the fair price for produce and goods.  A key element of Fairtrade is that the spending of the Fairtrade premium should be decided locally and democratically.  In the UK Fairtrade sales grew by 7%, with more supermarkets and restaurant chains taking an active role.

Mike also emphasised the importance of making sure that, in the post Brexit world, the interests of Fairtrade farmers and producers are protected.

For more information on SAFT visit their website at: www.suffolkfairtrade.org.uk

Art on the Prom

Our next big public event is at Art on the Prom on 2 September, where we will have a stall selling Fairtrade drinks and homemade cake.  Do come and join us if you can when we hope to have our new leaflet detailing where you can by Fairtrade goods in Felixstowe.

Join our Team of Volunteers

If you support Fairtrade and would like to help in promoting it we are always on the lookout for volunteers. We would provide all necessary support and would not expect you to do more than you feel comfortable with. Contact us if you would like more information and we would be happy to discuss.  Even if you are not able to help we would welcome you as a member of the Forum.  Membership is free, you can join via this website and by joining you can demonstrate your support for Fairtrade.

Please be assured, Fairtrade really does make a difference.

Regards,

Alan Muchal




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