Typhoo claim all their tea is fair trade even if isn't 'fair trade'

A while ago I sent an email (scroll down) to Typhoo using the Facebook Superbadger App. I got this interesting reply which basically says, ‘we’re the good guys – all our products are fair and certifying them fair trade wouldn’t make any difference.’ I think. What’s your take on it? “I am writing with regards to your recent correspondence requesting that Typhoo become a Fair-trade labelled tea. We fully understand your concerns and would like to highlight that, whilst Typhoo wholeheartedly support the Fair-trade movement and would endorse any initiatives…

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Starbucks respond

A while ago I emailed Starbucks to welcome their move to Fairtrade espresso, this is their reply “Dear Mr WhittallThank you for taking the time to contact Starbucks. Please know that we really appreciate hearing from you and value your support of our move to 100% Fairtrade certified espresso. This year we’re also doubling our purchases of Fairtrade certified coffee making Starbucks the largest purchaser of Fairtrade coffee in the world. This move will benefit tens of thousands of coffee farmers by providing them with a fair price for their…

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Cadbury responds to badger

Recently I’ve used Tearfunds’ Facebook app Superbadger to email various companies and governments about social justice issues. Even if I’m not 100% confident on the issues I want the company/government to think and respond. I believe in Fairtrade (although not all my readers agree as you can see here) as a means of redressing some imbalances in our trading system, ‘honest weights and measures’ in the Bible so this is a piece of good news. I don’t agree and I’m glad to say Cadbury’s don’t either. Here’s their response to…

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Nestle respond to badger

I also emailed Nestle urging them to use Fairtrade across their products and not to use sources involving child labour. This is the blurb Tearfund used to urge us to email, “Nestlé is on a mission to ‘improve their products to ensure they can be enjoyed as part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle’. They’re re-launching Kit Kat – their best selling biscuit – now free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Despite this, the recipe is still tainted by an ingredient much nastier than an E number – child slave…

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BBC responds to my badger!

I waste copious amounts of time on Facebook, but some of it is put to good use by using Tearfund’s Superbadger application to email the powers that be to do good in the world. I recently used it to email the BBC about their insistence that George Alagiah step down as patron of the Fairtrade Foundation. Here is their response and the original email. Original email: “Regarding the forced resignation of George Alagiah as Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation, the BBC is concerned that Fairtrade causes a ‘potential conflict of…

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Consumer links

I’ve had a pile of newspaper clippings on our dining table for a while now, and in order for them to bug my wife no longer I’m finally sorting them out. No time for comments but each article is worth a look. Saw an ad, made me go to this website Starbucks and Fairtrade – it’s a love in The Guardian’s economics editor Larry Elliott reminds us why in this global financial crisis we mustn’t forget the poor Can’t stop thinking about money. Difficult isn’t it? A new way to…

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Make a resolution: Buy fair trade

Here’s one for everyone, I appreciate not everyone shares my faith so perhaps interest in world mission is not on your agenda. What should be though is buying fair trade products or at least products that work on similar lines such as rainforest alliance partners. For example drinks companies increasingly recognise that somewhere in their brand the ‘just’ alternative must exist. PG Tips do for tea and now Kenco does with coffee. Here’s their latest advert: Growing Communities .. Watch the ad…

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What about trade justice?

Trade justice – it’s an interesting issue because it directly affects our thinking about the world and how we view money. The ethics of business, the thought with which we use our money and the places we put it say something about us and the way we interact with the world. It’s one that as cropped up a number of times, so for example in the comments following this post on bookshops, I debate with fellow blogger Hugh Bourne whether you putting your money with godless Amazon is better than…

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