Informed Consumers Change Lives for the Better

All too often, making a positive contribution to international development can feel difficult and out of reach. But a project funded by the Development Education Awareness Raising Programme enables European shoppers to make some simple, informed choices that have improved the lives of countless people in the developing world. “The Make Fruit Fair! campaign was […]

‘A fairer share’: strengthening workers’ voices through Fairtrade, the labour movement and socially engaged companies

This article about how Fairtrade is working with Banana Link and others to deepen the value of Fairtrade and empowering workers is reproduced from On International Workers’ Day, we celebrate the power that a unified workers’ voice can have to drive social change. This is the story of how an engaged Fairtrade business partner […]

European Commission legislation to protect overseas farmers from supermarkets’ unfair trading practices

The European Commission has today proposed legislation on unfair trading practices in global food supply chains. The economic power of European supermarkets and their unfair trading practices lead to insecurity among their suppliers which directly impacts the most vulnerable people in the supply chain. The directive aims to protect small and medium-sized food suppliers against […]

Continuing reports of anti-union practices and health & safety violations, while Fyffes’ ETI suspension extended

The UK Government’s Ethical Trading Initiative announced earlier this month that Fyffes suspension from the ETI as a result of a complaint from Banana Link and the International Unuion of Foodworkers (IUF) would remain in force, while discussions between Fyffes and the IUF continued. In the meantime, we have continued to receive reports of anti-trade […]

Pushing for More Gender Equity in the Banana Sector

An interview with Silvia Campos, Global Product Manager for Bananas at Fairtrade International and a member of the Gender Equity Task Force of the World Banana Forum. (Reproduced from Like in other agricultural sectors, women employed in the banana industry are especially vulnerable to labour abuses such as lower salaries and discrimination in the […]