From today until 11th March is Fairtrade Fornight.

This year's theme is 'Come on in to Fairtrade', which is all about welcoming more people into Fairtrade and growing the movement.

The Fairtrade mark is awarded to farming organisations or plantations that meet the Fairtrade standards which include:

  • Protection of worker's rights and the environment
  • Payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price
  • Additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects

A number of Social Enterprise UK members have made these commitments to their suppliers and staff. In addition to their social enterprise models, which include cooperative ownership and reinvestment in grower communities, they are recognised as Fairtrade pioneers. 

We encourage you to #BuySocial this Fairtrade Fortnight to support both the Fairtrade and social enterprise movements! Take a look below, at some of the social enterprises leading the way in Fairtrade.  

Cafédirect 

Cafédirect is proud to be the UK’s first and largest Fairtrade hot drinks brand, improving lives all over the world.

On top of the Fairtrade social premiums they pay for their crops, Cafédirect invest up to 50% of their profits back into the grower communities they buy from. To date, that pledge has translated into more than £6 million for their farmers, who receive funding and genuine, sustainable support.

Divine Chocolate

Divine is the only farmer owned Fairtrade chocolate company and they are committed to using Fairtrade ingredients in their products. All the cocoa, sugar and vanilla used to make Divine chocolate are certified Fairtrade. They also source Fairtrade almonds from Pakistan, Fairtrade mangos from Burkina Faso, and Fairtrade coconuts from Sri Lanka. This means that Divine are helping to deliver a fair deal to farmers all over the world, not just Ghana (where their cocoa come from).

Liberation Foods

Liberation Foods is the UK’s only Fairtrade, farmer-owned nut company and all of their products carry the Fairtrade mark. Their vision is a world in which small-holder nut producers earn a decent, secure income and can plan for the future of their families and communities. They buy their nuts from the co-operatives of small-scale growers and farmers who own a 44% share of the company.

Zaytoun

Zaytoun is an award-winning UK social enterprise which pioneered sales of the world’s first ever Fairtrade olive oil, produced by Palestinian farmers.
This Fairtrade Fortnight they are celebrating the resilience of the farmers who supply them like Bassema Barahmeh (shown above), an olive oil producer and member of the Palestinian Fairtrade Association who will be visiting the UK to participate in a number of talks and events they are running over the next two weeks.