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Fairtrade in Brent

Fairtrade borough

We are a Fairtrade Borough

This means that we are committed to sell, serve use and promote Fairtrade products.

Fairtrade for producers means prices that at least cover the costs of sustainable production - even when world market prices fall and a Fairtrade Premium which helps producers to improve the quality of their lives.

This premium is paid on top of the agreed Fairtrade price, and producers decide democratically how to use it. Typically they invest it in education, healthcare, farm improvements or processing facilities to increase income.

Our status as a Fairtrade Borough was successfully renewed on 24 October 2017 for another two years with very positive feedback from the Fairtrade Foundation.

"Well done for your amazing campaigning efforts and all the time you have put in hosting your events and activities."

 

News

"Fairtrade: what's the point?"

Come to the debate: Thursday 21 November

This year's West London Fairtrade debate will explore how much good Fairtrade does in reality. Speakers include the Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, Michael Gidney. The University of Middlesex is generously hosting the event, which will start with a Fairtrade drinks reception at 5 pm, followed by the debate at 6.30 pm. The location is just north of Hendon Town Hall in The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT. There will soon be an Eventbrite link with which to register. If you would like more information please contact Peter Moore at petermooreconsulting@hotmail.com.

Welcome to our next meeting:

Tuesday 15 October

Our next Brent Fairtrade Network meeting will be on Tuesday 15 October.  Everyone is welcome: the meeting will be at Brent Civic Centre, gathering at the reception at 7.20 pm. We shall be planning a photo to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fairtrade Mark and looking ahead to the debate and Fairtrade Fortnight 2020.

25 years of the Fairtrade mark                      

This year is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Fairtrade Mark in the UK. At a celebratory party on 5 October Esperanza Dionisio, a coffee farmer from Peru, told us how since 2003 Fairtrade has transformed the lives of members of her cooperative. A quintal (100 kg) of coffee makes only about $100 in the market but with Fairtrade they get $140 as the guaranteed minimum price plus an extra $30 because their coffee is organic. The Fairtrade Premium then adds another $20.

Our olive tree in Palestine

There was a planting of an olive tree paid for by money raised at our Fairtrade Fortnight event in February 2018 "Fair Trade: a Palestinian perspective".

Queen's Park Day 2019: our fairtrade stall

As usual our stall at Queen's Park Day on 15 September proved an excellent way to meet many people and talk with them about Fairtrade.

London is the world's largest Fairtrade City.

Standing side by side with producers in the developing world.

Upcoming events

  • Our next meeting: Tuesday 15 October at 7.30 pm at Brent Civic Centre
  • Our next Fairtrade debate: Thursday 21 November, kindly hosted by the University of Middlesex, The Burroughs, Hendon, reception 5 pm, debate 6.30 pm
  • Fairtrade Fortnight 2020: 24 February - 8 March

How can you get involved?

  • Would you like to join our Steering Group? Please contact Peter Moore at petermooreconsulting@hotmail.com.
  • Could we talk at your school or place of worship about Fairtrade? Please contact Peter Moore on petermooreconsulting@hotmail.com.
  • Could you help us check which shops and cafes in Brent stock Fairtrade products? Please contact Peter Moore on petermooreconsulting@hotmail.com.

 

Contact the Brent Fairtrade Network

Peter Moore, Chair, Brent Fairtrade Network