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Agenda for January 2018 meeting

Please click on the link to look at the Agenda for the January meeting of the Mid Formartine Fairtrade group. Other documents are available by contacting the secretary, Vicky at:

Agenda for January meeting.pdf


IN 2015 Fairtrade Fortnight was launched with this short film. Today, Fairtrade tea is under threat by supermarket group J Sainsburys who want to ‘self certify’ their own tea as ‘fairly traded’ with themselves and decide which farmers should receive ‘their support’ Under Fairtrade, farmers are in control of their own Fairtrade funds and their certification is done by an accredited international independent charity.

View the film and think before buying your tea without the Fairtrade mark.

Day of action: Saturday 28th October Fair Trade Forum October 2017

On Saturday 28th October, a coalition led by CAFOD are organising a day of action towards Sainsbury’s on the ‘Don’t Ditch Fairtrade’ Campaign. You can get involved in the day of action by handing in a letter to your local Sainsbury’s shop, taking a selfie and posting it on social media. There are more details about how to get involved and resources available here.

The day of action is important as Sainsbury’s decision to move away from the use of the Fairtrade Mark on their own label tea undermines the principle of producer empowerment. One of the principles of Fair Trade is that producers are empowered through capacity building and we do not believe that this is the case in the Sainsbury’s Foundation model as it appears that the equivalent of Fairtrade Premiums will be taken out of the control of the farmers and the producers and decisions will be made by a Board in the UK.

The Forum’s key concern is not that Sainsbury’s are no longer going to use a particular certification for some products but that it is labelling the products ‘Fairly Traded’ when it does not seem to meet all the principles of Fair Trade. This can only lead to consumer confusion and lack of clarity and transparency. Key to Fair Trade is the empowerment of farmers and workers. In the case of this Sainsbury’s initiative, the representatives of the farmers and workers do not support the initiative.

If you want to join the campaign and take action against Sainsbury’s then click here for more information and resources.


The wonderful sale of all things Fairtrade from Traidcraft, Zaytoun, Equal Exchange, Clipper and many more.  All at Bonnyton Farmouse, at the end of Bonnyton Road, Pitmedden.  Come and get gifts and essentials, clothing and foodie treats. Always coffee/tea and cakes & lunchtime soup available.


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Dear all

Many supporters have been asking what the latest news is regarding Sainsbury’s decision to drop the FAIRTRADE Mark from their own-brand tea, so here’s a quick update on what’s been happening over the summer.

Nearly 100,000 people have signed the petition started by Fairtrade supporter Barbara Gwinnett, and supported by Oxfam, CAFOD, Traidcraft Exchange and many more. The petition received a response from Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s CEO, in July and you can read Barbara’s reply here.

In the last few weeks, a group of charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Traidcraft Exchange, the Women’s Institute, Tearfund and Global Justice Now have launched their own campaign to stop Sainsbury’s ditching Fairtrade. They’re asking supporters to campaign locally and have lots of ideas and resources available. You can find out more at

The Fairtrade Foundation remains focused on finding a way forward with Sainsbury’s that is in the best interests of the tea farmers and workers we represent, and are still hopeful that through discussions we can see their own-brand tea go back to being Fairtrade certified.

A reminder that you can find our latest FAQs here, our response to Sainsbury’s announcement here, and Fairtrade tea farmers’ response here.

And of course, please keep choosing Fairtrade certified tea and asking your friends, family and local community to do the same.

Jonathan Smith

Head of Campaigns, Fairtrade Foundation

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We are a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1043886) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England (no 2733136).



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We’d really like to get to know our FAIRTRADE supporters a little bit better.

Could you spare ten minutes to take our survey and tell us about what’s important to you as well as what you think about Fairtrade?

Take the survey

We really value your support and it’ll help us make sure you get to hear about the things you really care about.

Thanks a (Fairtrade) bunch.

Supporter Team, Fairtrade Foundation

Talking Tea. ‘From farm to fly cup.’ Weds 19th July.

The next ‘Fly Cups and Fancy Pieces’ event will be held at Turriff Museum/Heritage Centre at 1.30pm on Weds 19th July.

We will be talking tea, sustainability and exploring how Brexit potentially affects Fair Trade. In the light of Sainsbury’s decision to drop the Fairtrade label from its products, and Waitrose’s decision to do the opposite we will look at what we, the consumer can do to make sure that we don’t taste exploitation in our cuppa!

This is a workshop NOT a drop-in. You turn up at 1.30pm and stay till 3pm – during which time we’ll have chat, reading and share some fairtrade tea, coffee and fine pieces. (Feel free to bring your own fairtrade contribution!)

For more information in advance please go to:


Our first project is a result of an innovation grant from the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. Our views, of course, are entirely our own and not necessarily endorsed by SFTF. You’re welcome to attend…


You may have seen in the news recently that Sainsbury’s have decided to drop the FAIRTRADE Mark from their own-brand tea and replace it with their own ‘Fairly Traded’ label.

It means their Red and Gold Label, Green and Rooibos teas are no longer Fairtrade certified. Sainsbury’s are piloting a self-run sustainability scheme instead, and these are the first products launched as part of it.

Sign this petition and tell Sainsbury’s: don’t ditch Fairtrade.

Sainsbury’s asked the Fairtrade Foundation to work with them on their scheme, but we have some major concerns about it. You can read our statement here.

They include the fact that the farmers who grow their ‘Fairly Traded’ tea do not have a fair say in how the scheme is run. They will not be allowed to decide themselves how they invest the cash bonus they get on top of what they earn for their tea (similar to the Fairtrade Premium). Instead, the money will be held by Sainsbury’s, who have told farmers they have to apply to a board in London to find out if they can have it.

Over 220,000 tea producers stand to be affected by the change, and those we have spoken to are deeply dismayed. Fairtrade farmers have written an open letter to Sainsbury’s making it clear how unhappy they are:

We told Sainsbury’s loud and clear: your model will bring about disempowerment. We are extremely concerned about the power and control that Sainsbury’s seeks to exert over us.’

Another major concern is how the ‘Fairly Traded’ label on their own-brand tea could be misleading customers. It is very clearly written on the front of packs but the tea is not independently Fairtrade certified, it is self-accredited by Sainsbury’s.

Sainsbury’s are the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK, and have proudly supported it for many years, with thousands of farmers and workers relying on their business. That’s why we’re hopeful that through discussions we can still persuade them to change their approach.

If you would like to show Sainsbury’s how much you support Fairtrade, you can sign the petition set up by Barbara Gwinnett, a long-time Fairtrade campaigner and Chair of Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership.


It’s being backed by Oxfam, Christian Aid, CAFOD, Traidcraft Exchange and Tearfund who have been publicly sharing their concerns about the scheme with Sainsbury’s too.


Thank you for your support,

Jonathan Smith

Head of Campaigns, Fairtrade Foundation

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