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This week at Fairtrade we celebrate Global Goals Week, an annual week of action, awareness and accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Initiated by the United Nations, it’s an opportunity for organizations, businesses, academia and citizens around the world to discuss progress so far, learn from each other and align on the road ahead.

In a year of unprecedented challenges and disruption, 2020 marks the 5th anniversary of the SDGs. This is a milestone to be celebrated. It also brings an opportunity to take a realistic look at where we stand. And, most importantly, what still needs to get done going forward. Individually and collectively.

At Fairtrade we play a crucial role in sustainable development. Nearly all the 169 targets which underpin the global goals are related to food and farming. The goals set the ambition of ending poverty “in all its forms, everywhere”, while leaving no-one behind. Therefore, they represent a powerful opportunity to improve the lives of the 1.3 billion small scale farmers and agricultural workers upon whom the world depends to produce our food and protect our planet. Something we have been striving to achieve for decades.

Naturally, we cannot tackle all goals alone. We focus on eight where we are in a position to drive impact and make a difference.

The Fairtrade Minimum Price is a safety net for 1.7 million farmers and workers in more than 75 countries, protecting them from volatile markets and contributing to SDG 1 - end poverty in all its forms everywhere. Our Hired Labour Standard ensures more than 200,000 workers growing or making our tea, flowers, footballs and textiles enjoy better working conditions, which is in line with SDG 8 - decent work for all. I invite you to watch this recent documentary, Fairtrade for Sustainable Development, to learn more about our activities.

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