Co-op has been at the forefront of Fairtrade for twenty years and it’s been amazing to see how Fairtrade has grown into a worldwide movement in such a short time. Sales continue to grow and Co-op is proud of the role we have played. Our list of accomplishments over the years goes on and on and we’re not slowing down.
All this is good news and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the job in reaching the world’s poorest producers has been done. Sadly, that is far from the case. Challenges are vast and Fairtrade only reaches a minority of producers and their communities.
But, despite the obvious challenges Fairtrade faces, we at Co-op are delighted to announce a new project in Kenya to support the 20,000 members of the Fintea co-operative, a business that we ourselves helped bring into being, into Fairtrade and into Co-op’s 99 Tea several years ago.
The Fintea co-operative and the 50,000 people across its farming community will benefit from a new community resource centre we’re helping to fund, giving access to vital educational, recreational, cultural, health and lifelong learning opportunities. The new centre will also provide training, counselling, a library and access to the internet.
It’s just one example of our continued support for our Fairtrade producers.
And you too can show that you are still standing up for farmers and workers who provide so much of the food we consume at the time they need us most.
Here are some simple ways you can help:
Share stories of Fairtrade #TheCoopWay
We recently premiered our beautiful film featuring the Argentine community, Tilimuqui where our Fairtrade Malbec is produced. This film is perfect for you to share with your communities, either locally or online, to help showcase the good Fairtrade #TheCoopWay does around the world. You can find the full film on our YouTube channel.
Make use of our Fairtrade resources
We have a library of resources for you to use, perhaps at a local school or play group, with community or church groups, or just at home. You can find out more at coop.co.uk/fairtrade. The Fairtrade Foundation have some great resources too, find out more at fairtrade.org.uk/get-involved.
Learn more about Co-op Fairtrade products
From bananas to cocoa and even flowers and cotton wool, find out more at coop.co.uk/food.
Become a Co-op Member
For £1 you can become a member and have a say in how our Co-op is run. What’s more, you get 5% back for you when you buy selected Co-op products and services and 1% back for your community. You can earn the 5% on all your Co-op Fairtrade purchases. Join us at coop.co.uk/membership.
It goes without saying, choosing Fairtrade next time you’re in Co-op is the simplest way to support people in poorer communities across the world. At Co-op, it’s easier to do than ever with us. All the bananas, bagged sugar and African rose bunches we sell are Fairtrade, as is all Co-op tea, coffee, hot chocolate, chocolate confectionery and cotton wool. Our selection of Fairtrade wines is the widest available of any grocer. And now, every bit of cocoa we use across our entire own brand range, is sourced under Fairtrade terms.
I hope this gives you some inspiration about how to spread the word and support Fairtrade and the producers and communities the Fairtrade Mark supports
Follow me on Twitter @bradhtweet for more on my travels around the world visiting our Fairtrade partners and more on Fairtrade at Co-op.
Fairtrade Strategy Manager