Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight
Date and time
22 Feb - 07 Mar 2021 (9:00am - 5:00pm)

Virtual online event



Booking Information

Please see info on each event listing.

This year we are celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight remotely, with lots of activities for you to get involved with including competitions, a quiz and an online festival.

Fairtrade banana selfie competition

Get creative and enter our Fairtrade banana selfie competition - you could win a Fairtrade hamper from Co-op!

Share your selfies on Instagram and tag @BCUCatering to enter, or email your photos to environment@bcu.ac.uk. 

The more creative the better – you could use actual Fairtrade bananas, make your own or even create a digital image!

The competition will run for the whole of Fairtrade Fortnight so you will have until Sunday 7 March to enter.

Responsible and fair sources for jewellery and beyond – 24 Feb 1pm to 2.45pm, booking required

The jewellery industry - along with fashion - has been particularly under the spotlight for the need to improve its practices, by adopting more responsible and ethical standards.

This webinar offers the opportunity to discover more about alternatives available: for professionals interested in adjusting their processes and for anyone else to advocate the need for more responsible and ethical choices, which inevitably lead to more sustainable standards.

The session will be facilitated by Michela Ferraro-Cuda, Course Director of the MA in Luxury Jewellery Management at BCU. You will hear from four brilliant speakers: Monica Gichuhi, Conny Havel, Cristina Villegas and Kate A Larsen.

Find out more about what the speakers will be covering and book on Eventbrite.

Fairtrade Fortnight cooking demonstrations

Using Fairtrade products from the Uni Locks Co-op, Executive Chef Simon Bishop will show you how to make some tasty pancakes with a variety of toppings and the lockdown classic, banana bread!

Keep an eye on @BCUCatering (Instagram) throughout Fairtrade Fortnight for these fantastic pancake and banana bread cooking demonstrations – there might be others too!

Don’t forget that you can save 10% at COOP with your Totum card - why not try out some of the Fairtrade recipes yourself and make use of that discount!

SU Fairtrade Fortnight quiz - 4 March 2021 6pm – 7pm

This event is organised by the Birmingham City University’s Students’ Union and will be hosted by BCUSU Officer Jinal Shah and Earth Society Secretary Dhanusha Hema Reddy.

Questions will be all about Fairtrade and the quiz will be run on Kahoot, a great platform to connect with people and to get to know your SU Officer and the Earth Society. There will be a prize for the winner, to be announced soon.

The quiz will be held on Microsoft Teams and you can join the event from here.

Choose the world you want online festival

The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight this year is to highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. 

The Fairtrade Foundation is hosting an online festival, bringing together universities, businesses, supporters, campaigners and farmers from across the world to choose the world they want this Fairtrade Fortnight.

Throughout the festival, you'll hear one message loud and clear: to tackle the climate crisis, the farmers and workers behind our everyday essentials need a fairer deal.

For more information and to sign up to the festival events, visit their website.

Highlights from the festival include:

Eating ethically in a climate crisis - Guardian Live discussion, Tuesday 23 February, 7pm

The Fairtrade Foundation are partnering with Guardian Live events to bring together Fairtrade farmers, top environmental experts and climate writers to ask: how can we eat ethically in a climate crisis? They'll discuss how we can choose a better future, so the people we depend on to grow our food earn enough to both tackle the climate crisis they face every day and enjoy a decent quality of life.

Creativity versus the climate crisis - Wednesday 24 February, 7:30 pm 

Bridgerton actor and Fairtrade Foundation Patron Adjoa Andoh is joined by digital artists, musicians, writers and other wonderfully creative people to discuss how creativity can be used to power up climate campaigning. The diverse range of guests will consider how their own work relates to the perspective of those already feeling the worst effects of the climate crisis - who are frequently the same people behind the food we consume every day.

The Climate Change Garden - How to grow sustainably and why it matters - Saturday 6 March, 11am

The Permaculture Association's Chris Warburton-Smith will be guiding us through how to grow sustainably. Eco-chef Tom Hunt will join too and answer your questions about how to embrace ground-to-fork sustainable cooking, while a Fairtrade farmer will share their perspective on how the reality of climate change is affecting the sustainability of their own farm.

They are also inviting young people between the ages of five and 25 to share their vision of the world they want for farmers and workers worldwide and the planet we share.

Share your artwork, poem, prose or film for a chance for your work to be exhibited in the online Youth Exhibition at the Choose the world you want festival. The deadline is 1 March and you can find out how to get involved here.