PRESS RELEASE Fairtrade Fortnight in Oakham: Coffee & Cake Morning 2017

Press Release Fairtrade Fortnight in Oakham: Coffee & Cake Morning 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 17th February 2017, Oakham, Rutland -  Change Agents UK, a not-for-profit oganisation based at Oakham railway station, is recognising Fairtrade Fortnight in Oakham, by hosting a Coffee and Cake Morning for the local community.  The event will be held on 8th March from 6:30am to 11:00am.

Fairtrade has worked for years to benefit small-scale farmers and workers across the globe, who are often marginalised; through trade rather than aid [1].  The key focus of Fairtrade is on achieving fair prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.  Fairtrade have actively supported the development of sustainable, farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and work to very high standards to protect the environment in which they live and work.  In real terms, Fair Trade has meant that there is now also investment in education, transport, healthcare, sanitation and best practices in communities that would otherwise have remained in poverty.

To highlight the important work and to celebrate the positive, sustainable change Fairtrade has generated for millions of farmers and workers across the world in recent years, Change Agents UK are calling on the local community of Oakham to show their support and visit the Fair Trade Coffee and Cake Morning.  All proceeds generated will be donated to the Fairtrade Foundation UK and we hope to raise over £100 to beat our best result so far.

Joining Change Agents UK in their support for Fairtrade are Percol Coffee co., Liberation Nuts, Tropical Wholefoods and Cafédirect, who have all kindly donated food and ingredients for the coffee and cake breakfast. 

Marissa Watts, CEO at Change Agents UK, said: “We are pleased to continue our annual support of the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign to help the world’s most vulnerable farmers and workers. Change Agents UK will be offering tea, coffee, hot chocolate and delicious homemade treats in our meeting room off platform 1 at the station.  Our team will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding Fairtrade or Change Agents UK and the valuable work we do in recruiting and developing graduates and young people driven by the desire to work for ethical and responsible businesses.”

To join the Coffee and Cake Morning, just follow the sign at Oakham Railway Station, on 8th of March from 6:30 to 11:00.

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Contact:

Press – Megan Sturton 01572 725 843.

General enquiries – Main office 01572 723 419.

CHANGE AGENTS UK

Oakham Station │Station Approach │Oakham LE15 6QT

Tel: +44 (0)1572 723 419  │ Fax: +44 (0)1572 725 830 │www.changeagents.org.uk

CHANGE AGENTS UK are a charity and a not-for-profit organisation; experts in recruiting and developing graduates and young people driven by the desire to work for ethical and responsible businesses.  We do this by providing our clients and partners with high quality, enthusiastic professionals for entry and mid-level roles. We pride ourselves on being flexible, open and progressive, recruiting graduates and young people to work in organisations with strong values, who want to minimise their impact on the environment and make the world they operate in more sustainable.  To see the outcomes we have achieved please visit our website www.changeagents.org.uk.

The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Today, more than 1.5 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 74 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.

Over 5,000 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK including coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, apples, pears, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, mandarins, lychees, dried fruit, juices, smoothies, biscuits, cakes & snacks, honey, jams & preserves, chutney, rice, quinoa, herbs & spices, seeds, nuts, wines, ales, rum, confectionery, muesli, cereal bars, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homeware, cotton wool, olive oil, gold, silver and platinum.

Tropical Wholefoods, the home of Fairtrade and Organic dried fruits, nuts and snack bars. They have won lasting markets for developing country farmers for more than 20 years. They pay fair prices in advance, develop and market farmers' products, run our own UK factory and share useful technology and experience with our overseas partners. www.tropicalwholefoods.com

Percol Coffee co. For over 25 years, they are building great relationships with coffee producers around the world, from Central and South America to Indonesia, and they spend over 150 days a year at the farms getting to know the farmers and their land. Their long-term approach means that their brilliant producers, old and new, receive the support they need to continue to grow our wonderful coffee. www.percol.co.uk

Liberation Foods is the UK’s first and only Fairtrade nut company and is 44% proudly owned by smallholder nut producers. http://chooseliberation.com*

Cafédirect is a UK-based alternative trading organization. Cafédirect is the UK’s first and largest 100% Fairtrade drinks brand. It is the only tea and coffee brand to have received ethical accreditation from the Ethical Company Organisation, top marks in all categories across Fairtrade, human, animal welfare and environmental criteria.

 


[1] “Fairtrade and Sustainability - Why does Fairtrade mean sustainable trade?”. Fairtrade Foundation – What is Fairtrade?. www.fairtrade.org.uk. Accessed 05/02/2016. <www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/what-is-fairtrade/fairtrade-and-sustainability>