"Fairtrade Fortnight - 21 February to 6 March".

What is Fairtrade Fornight?

Fairtrade Fortnight sees thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks, mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid

Fairtrade is about social, economic, and environmental justice. Choosing Fairtrade fights for improvements in producers’ livelihoods with collective strength through co-ops and their bargaining power, the protection of a minimum price and Fairtrade Premiums.

What is the University of Reading doing this Fairtrade Fortnight?

The University will be supporting Fairtrade Fortnight with the following events:

Tuesday 1 March: Tony Talk: Can Chocolate be Free from Slavery? – Speakers from chocolate company Tony’s Chocolonely will talk about their company’s mission to eradicate slavery in cocoa production. There will be free chocolate for all attendees!

Time: 13:00 – 14:00

Venue: Chancellor’s G12

University Chaplaincy is also open for drop-ins for a free pancake with Fairtrade toppings between 17:00-19:00.

Throughout the fortnight:

  • 20% off all Fairtrade hot drinks at Campus outlets when paying on a Campus Card
  • Co-op Supermarket will be showcasing their Fairtrade product range

This year, Dr Sarah Cardey, Director of the University’s Graduate Institute for International Development, Agriculture and Economics is supporting the Fairtrade Foundation’s national campaign: “The Fairtrade Foundation has highlighted in this year’s campaign how better wages can improve resilience to climate change amongst smallholder farmers and producers. This is a campaign that I can easily and proudly support, as my research has demonstrated this to be the case around the world”.

The Fairtrade Foundation is hosting online events nationally as part of the “Choose the World you Want Festival”. Last year’s festival included over 50 online events, from panels to bake-offs, with supporters sharing the power of Fairtrade.

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