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Fairtrade facts

Fairtrade delivers many benefits to producers and consumers around the globe, below are some facts and figures.*


Fairtrade producers

  • The Fairtrade system currently works with over 1.65 million farmers and workers.
  • There are 1,226 Fairtrade producer organisations across 74 countries.
  • 26% of all Fairtrade farmers and workers are women.
  • 1.5 hectares is the average size of the plot cultivated by a Fairtrade farmer.
  • Cocoa producers invest 46 per cent of the Fairtrade premium in improving productivity and quality.
  • On plantations, workers spend 26% of their Fairtrade premium on education.

Fairtrade UK sales

  • Over £23 million worth of Fairtrade Premium was generated in sales in the UK.
  • 78 per cent of consumers recognise the Fairtrade mark.
  • Fairtrade products are now sold in more than 120 countries.
  • The Fairtrade mark is the most widely-recognised ethical label globally.

Fairtrade campaigners in the UK and Bristol

  • Fairtrade is a growing campaign movement with more than 550 Fairtrade towns, almost 900 Fairtrade schools and 170 Fairtrade universities, and more than 7,000 Fairtrade faith groups.
  • Bristol is a Fairtrade city and is lucky enough to have its very own Fairtrade organisation Bristol Fairtrade, which organises a range of events and activities including the annual South West Fairtrade Business Awards, at which UWE Bristol and The Students' Union at UWE are regular participants.

*source - The Fairtrade Foundation.

Contact the Sustainability Team or The Students' Union at UWE Green Team if you have any queries.

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