This week in assembly we looked at The British Value: "Individual Liberty".
It’s easy to buy things without thinking about where they’ve come from. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure what we buy has come from a safe and sustainable source.
Fairtrade is a simple yet incredibly important idea – it’s all about giving the people who produce the things you buy a fair price for their work.
This may seem obvious, but lots of people in poorer countries have to sell their goods at prices so low that they can’t make a decent living.
Often, only a tiny bit of the money you pay for something goes to the person who actually made it! This happens a lot when we import things from poorer countries.
Did you know that nearly half the people in the world live on less that £2 a day?
How would you feel if you only received a tiny bit of the money you deserved for producing something you worked so hard on?
This is where the Fairtrade Foundation comes in!
The Fairtrade Foundation
The Fairtrade Foundation was set up to help producers in poorer countries get a fair price for their work.
So when you buy something with a Fairtrade logo on it, you know that a fair amount of the money is going towards helping the community where it came from.
This extra money is usually put into things that can help the local community – like bicycles to help workers travel to work or new wells to provide water.
Fair Labour too!
As well as making sure that people get the money they deserve for the work they do, there is also a lot of work needed to make sure people work in suitable conditions.
The Fairtrade Foundation makes sure that all their products come from farms and factories with fair working conditions. This means that workers are treated well, and children are hopefully sent to school so they can get an education – just like you!.
There are many everyday foods and products that you can buy with Fairtrade. All are easily identifiable with a special Fairtrade sticker.
Some Fairtrade foods you will easily spot see are:
- Fruits – bananas, mangos, pineapples and grapefruits are now often available as Fairtrade. So as well as getting one of your 5 a Day, you’ll be helping farmers across the world
- Chocolate – from chocolate bars to chocolate cakes, chocolate sauce to gift boxes!
In our assembly we looked at how footballs are made and if they are made fairly.
How are footballs made? And why do we need Fairtrade footballs?
To find out, we watched a video filmed in a factory in Sialkot, northern Pakistan to see the production process first-hand. We heard stitchers and workers in two factories talking about the difference that Fairtrade has made to their lives.
Now no children are employed and the workers are paid fairly. They have good working conditions and some of the profits go back into the community. For example money has been invested into the local schools, buses to work to save workers having to work many miles. The villagers also now have clean water supplies and improved sanitation.