The latest news from Fairtrade Australia New Zealand

  • Côte d’Ivoire
    15 May 2017

    New program seeks to close gender gap

    The Women’s School of Leadership, which launched last week, is an innovative new programme which will improve women’s opportunities in cocoa communities in Côte d’Ivoire. The programme is being led by the producer network Fairtrade Africa.

  • Mother's day gifts
    09 May 2017

    Five easy & ethical Fairtrade gifts for the last minute Mother's Day shopper

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if your Mum is anything like most of ours, you’re probably not getting any hints around what is most desired in the present department.

    To ease last-minute present panic, we’ve collated the perfect feel-good gift guide that not only places you firmly in the good books with your Mum but gives back to the workers, and farmers who produced the products.

    From Fairtrade coffee and chocolate to beautifully hand woven Fairtrade scarves, our easy and ethical gift guide has you covered!

  • Close up of bananas in tree
    30 Apr 2017

    Unsustainability in New Zealand’s banana supply chain: What you need to know

    Bananas take out the top spot as Kiwi’s favourite fruit, yet support for sustainable banana supply chains remain weak in the retail space.

  • Molly Preview
    20 Apr 2017

    Taiwan's first female president declares support for Fairtrade

    Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand's CEO, Molly Harriss Olson, recently travelled to Taiwan with Fairtrade’s newly appointed Global CEO, Dario Soto Abril. During the visit President of Taiwan Tsai Ying-Wen acknowledged Fairtrade as an important model for addressing the inequities in global trade.

  • Ethical Fashion Report
    19 Apr 2017


    Fairtrade brands have once again received top marks when it comes to protecting the rights of farmers and workers, according a new report released today. 

  • Tongan Vanila
    13 Apr 2017

    Competing to find the best vanilla grower on the island of Vava’u

    Last month the Vanilla Growers Association of Vava’u (VGA) in Tonga rolled out their first Fairtrade Premium project which aimed to reward members’ efforts and encourage excellence in the production of vanilla. With the backing of their General Assembly and the support of the Vava’u vanilla industry, a competition was held using VGA’s Premium to recognise vanilla growers who demonstrated their mastery of best practices of vanilla production.

  • World Health Day
    05 Apr 2017

    CEO Blog: Unlocking World Health

    Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand CEO Molly Harriss Olson explores what a healthy humanity looks like in light of this year’s World Health Day theme of depression.  

    “Promoting and protecting health and respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights are inextricably linked.”
    Health and Human Rights Linkages, from the WHO’s Health and Human Rights section

  • Heart shaped hands holding cocoa
    31 Mar 2017

    Fairtrade responds to A Matter of Taste Report 2017

    A report released this week reinforces the strength of certification systems such as Fairtrade as robust mechanisms to help end exploitation, especially child and forced labour in the chocolate supply chain. Among all certification schemes operating in the cocoa supply chain, the report ‘A Matter of Taste’ scored Fairtrade the highest overall. The report acknowledged the significant impact of certifiers and businesses in addressing critical issues such as unacceptable labour practices of children in the sector. However, we consider that its limited scope, brevity and methodology do not fully reflect the extent of Fairtrade’s work into building a robust, comprehensive and proactive approach to address and prevent child and forced labour, including human trafficking.

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