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Fairtrade - changing the world every day

It’s almost here! Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March and, during this time, The Fairtrade Foundation is asking that we show extra support for the farmers and workers who produce our food.

Since 1992 The Fairtrade Foundation has licensed the use of the Fairtrade mark on UK produce, allowing us to choose and support products that meet minimum social, economic and environmental requirements. This means a fair deal for farmers and food producers in developing countries.

In short, choosing to support Fairtrade means saying no to exploitation of workers and farmers in some of the world’s poorest communities, who may not even earn enough to feed their own families. The call for fair trade has the potential to improve the lives of the people who grow our food.

There are many ways we can commit to support Fairtrade Fortnight, from spreading the word on social media, to swapping our snacks to ones that carry the Fairtrade mark. Find out more about getting involved here and find out about events happening near you.

Ethex is proud to feature companies that subscribe to the Fairtrade standards on our platform and we feel that this is a great opportunity to highlight some of the great work they do to address the injustices of conventional trade and challenge discrimination against the poorest, weakest producers.

Oikocredit UK

For over 40 years, Oikocredit UK has worked to create a positive impact in the lives of over 40 million disadvantaged people in the developing world through the provision of loans, investments and other support.

Not only do they provide finance to smallholder farmers and producers of tea and coffee, they form partnerships with them, giving vital ongoing support to start their own businesses; educate their children; sustain their communities; and, ultimately, to lift themselves out of poverty.

Through their experience over the years, OikoCredit UK’s investing activities support the achievement of many of the UN SDGs, in particular: end poverty, end hunger, achieve gender equality, energy access for all and promote economic growth.

A recent partnership with a Brazilian coffee co-operative has focused on empowering women to play an equal role in producing the Arabica coffee that had been a part of their lives for decades. Read the story of OikoCredit and Coopfam here.


Cafédirect is the UK’s largest 100% Fairtrade hot drinks company, selling a wide range of products that are sourced directly from growers.

Their philosophy is not just to supply ridiculously good coffee, tea and hot chocolate to the UK market, but to ensure the farmers in the developing world who grow it receive the recognition and, more importantly, a fair price for the excellent produce they supply.

An example of this is The CEPICAFE co-operative of around 7,000 farming families who live on the slopes of the Andes. Cafédirect buys 40% of their coffee exports, and has been co-financing community development projects since 2008.

The biggest worry for coffee growers in Piura is water - the rainy season isn't as regular as it had been in the past and the overall rainfall is declining due to climate change.

Cafédirect, working in partnership with German Technical Cooperation, has allowed the farmers to invest in local reservoirs and building canal/piping systems to capture rainwater and to bring it to their farms; and also to construct barriers to prevent soil erosion.

Find out more about Cafédirect here and invest in their projects here 




Founded in 1979, Traidcraft has lead the way in proving that fairtrade doesn’t just improve lives, but works professionally. This movement of radical, church-based individuals began by importing goods directly from artisans and growers and distributing them directly to shoppers in the UK, cutting out the middlemen.

Today Traidcraft is the UK’s leading Fairtrade organisation and aims to fight poverty through trade justice, and by practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives.

In 2016-17, Traidcraft purchased over £3 million of goods from developing country producers, often paying more than the standard commercial price. Their extensive online shop offers wonderful collections of handcrafted homeware, ethical fashion, handmade gifts, fair trade food and delicious drinks.

Divine Chocolate


While Fairtrade accrediation means that the farmers get a fair deal, Divine Chocolate does a step further and is 100% owned by the coca farmers themselves.

The farmers' ownership stake in The Day Chocolate Company was a first in the fair trade world from the late 1990’s and on 1st January 2007, Day Chocolate changed its name to Divine Chocolate Ltd. Divine Chocolate has been bringing a wide range of chocolate products, developed to appeal to the UK palate to our shops and they’re not stopping there.

Having successfully launched in the USA, Divine Chocolate has plans to go global. You can read more of their exciting story here.

Ethex is proud to support Divine Chocolate in their mission to help the cocoa farmers of Ghana create a living for themselves, their families and communities, while bringing the highest quality chocolate products to the people of the UK!

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