Scroll down to find out more information on each event happening over the Fortnight and resources you can use!
This year, Fairtrade Fortnight is aiming to raise awareness of Fairtrade through a focus upon producers and their stories as well as upon the core commodities of tea, sugar and cocoa.
So, what exactly is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade supports small-scale farmer organisations and plantations as products bearing the Fairtrade mark are produced to meet Fairtrade standards. These standards ensure that workers and their communities are supported socially, economically and environmentally. The Fairtrade standard ensures that farmers are paid a fixed price, the Fairtrade Minimum Price, for their product which is set to cover the cost of sustainable production in their region. Additionally, Fairtrade pays a fixed community premium which is fed back into the community. Fairtrade standards also ensure the protection of both workers’ rights and the environment.
Green Impact and Fairtrade
The Green Impact workbook contains criteria regarding Fairtrade products. The Bronze section of the workbook specifies that Green Impact teams should ensure that all tea, coffee and sugar purchased by their department is Fairtrade. This is a great way to get staple Fairtrade products embedded into the University!
What are we doing in Sheffield to support Fairtrade Fortnight 2015?
Make the switch.
Choose one product which you currently buy at work or at home that is not Fairtrade and for the fortnight, switch and buy Fairtrade! Let us know what you’re switching and if you like, include a pledge to continue to buy that product Fairtrade!
It could be one of the products focussed on in 2015’s Fairtrade Fortnight (tea, sugar and cocoa) or something different such as your fortnightly supply of bananas or a new item of clothing. You could use the Sheffield Food Network map to find independent stockists.
Cake, cake and even more cake for the Fairtrade Bake Off!
That’s right, beginning 23rd February, Green Impact is encouraging teams and their departments to hold a Fairtrade Bake Off!
Within your team or wider department, have a competition to see who can create the best Fairtrade treat! Judge your creations according to taste, appearance, creative use of ingredients and number of Fairtrade ingredients and send in your pictures and results! Green Impact will then judge the entries on number of Fairtrade ingredients and the winner will get themselves a prize!
Why not ask for a donation from everyone in attendance and donate the money collected to a charity of your choice.
If you’re going for Gold this year, then taking part could fulfill criteria C058 and C068 too
This is a task that Green Impact Project Assistants could help organise or judge!
Fairtrade coffee mornings
Green Impact is encouraging teams to hold Fairtrade coffee mornings (or afternoons). Here you can spread the message of Fairtrade around your department over coffee and biscuits! Why not combine this with your Bake Off and add a slice of cake!
There’s lots of posters to download here to advertise your Bake Off and coffee morning!
Here is Green Impact’s Fairtrade Fortnight flyer which you can use
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