The latte levy, packaging waste tax, and the wool versus synthetic debate – ethics have never been higher up on the agenda for consumers and for retailers.
These are times of big shift in consumer tastes and demands. And there is a sense, perhaps, that some companies are trying to second guess which issue is going to be the most pressing one for their customers and whether they, as companies, are likely to be held to account for the choices they make when it comes to producing and sourcing the food, clothing and other goods we buy.
However, Fairtrade Fortnight is a well-established part of the retail landscape – it has been a part of our shopping experience for 25 years now – and it unfolds in Swansea from February 25 to 10 March, highlighting the long-established campaign to ensure farmers and producers in the developing world get a fair deal for their goods.
Fairtrade Fortnight events will go ahead in several Swansea venues, with a Fairtrade coffee morning being served up at the Oxfam shop in Union Street, with a free brew on offer. Visitors can drop by on Monday 25 February from 10am until 12noon. Fairtrade goods can also be found throughout the City Centre, in outlets including the Co-Op, Lidl, Greggs, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Debenhams, Gold Reserves, Lush and Health and Herbs.
In fact, Sainsburys is the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade goods, and has long felt the scheme to be advantageous to its business.
They say: “Working with recognised certification schemes is one way in which we are able to source with integrity, whether that means focusing on social or environmental standards or guaranteeing provenance of our supply chains. We are proud supporters of Fairtrade and have been selling Fairtrade licensed products since 1994.”Tags: Debenhams, Fairtrade, Fairtrade Fortnight, Greggs, latte levy, Lidl, Lush, Marks & Spencer, Oxfam, packaging waste tax, Sainsburys, Tesco