Category Archives: Poznan

Be fair on Christmas!

On the occasion of Christmas at Poznan University of Economics 18th December 2012 was organized event “BE FAIR ON CHRISTMAS”. Volunteers from students’ organization at PUE – “SIFE” encouraged students and employees to choose Fair Trade Certified products as a present for Christmas. During the event volunteers were serving tea and coffee of Fair Trade Certified and informed about the concept of fair trade.

I support Fair Trade

From 5 – 9 October held in Poznan events promoting Fair Trade at Adam Mickiewicz University, University of Life Sciences, the headquarters of the Department of Environmental Protection and the Poznań City Hall. Volunteers have promoted Fair Trade and informed about the VI International Conference Fair Trade Towns. The aim of actions was serving tea and coffee of Fair Trade Certified. Any person who supported the Fair Trade has taken a photo with the sentence “I support Fair Trade”. The action was very popular among residents of the city of Poznań and the media.

The city of Poznan – the first Polish Fair Trade Town

The city of Poznan was running a Fair Trade campaign as a part of the Aware&Fair project. For the whole past year the local project group, supported by a group of volunteers, worked so that the criteria of a Fair Trade Town would be met. Poznan residents can already buy Fair Trade products in more than 50 stores, including chain stores (both nationwide and international chains). The number of places where Fair Trade products are available is constantly rising and it now includes more than 30 or so cafes and clubs.

Thanks to intensive educational activities (seminars, trainings, lectures) the principles of Fair Trade were presented to students of the Poznan University (e.g. of the Education Department) as well as to students of over twenty elementary and high schools. Employees of about a dozen eateries and retail outlets were introduced to these principles as well.

The aim of informational activities taken up as a part of the Fair Trade campaign (e.g. press briefings and conferences) was mainly to spread the knowledge about Fair Trade through the media. Reactions of the local press always exceeded our expectations!

Thanks to the funds received from the budget of the City of Poznan it was possible to prepare and launch a media campaign devoted to the Millennium Development Goals and the principles of Fair Trade. It had been broadcasted by PTV television channel and TOK FM radio station. On 6th of December 2011 the first Polish Fair Trade store was opened in Poznan in the cooperation with the Polish Fair Trade Association. In addition to offering a wide selection of products, it is the place where an Aware&Fair information stand is available to Poznan residents and grassroots organizations. At the beginning of this year (January 10th 2012) Poznan councilmen passed a resolution supporting the principles of Fair Trade as well as the city’s efforts to receive the title of a Fair Trade Town. The launch of the local Coordination Group was also prepared. The Coordination Group consists of representatives of colleges, non-governmental organizations and trade companies. Thanks to all mentioned above activities City of Poznan met all the criteria to join the honorable group of Fair Trade Towns.

On the first day of VI International Fair Trade Towns conference (which took  place on 10th  to 11th November this year in our city) during evening ceremony the Mayor of Poznan, Ryszard Grobelny received official Certificate for Poznan as the first Polish Fair Trade Town.



6th International Fair Trade Towns Conference hosted by Poznan!

The City of Poznan and the Polish Fair Trade Association are delighted to invite all Fair Trade Town representatives, fair trade campaigners, WFTO members and retailer networks to the 6th International Fair Trade Towns Conference to be held in Poznan, Poland on 10th-11th November 2012.

Aware&Fair partners will present and discuss the objectives and achievements of the project in the plenary on Saturday morning, 1oth November, followed by the first screeniong of the short movie “Yours and mine”,  one of the project outputs to support thecampaign on Millenniuem Development Goals and Fair Trade. For registration and more information see:

Partners will use the opportunity to convene in oznan on the day before the conference for an extra-curricular meeting on the project progress.


The MDG City Game took place on 3rd June in Poznań

Millennium Development Goals (MDG) City Game took place on Sunday June 3, 2012, it was organised by the local Aware&Fair project team in cooperation with the City Council of Poznań and Botanical Garden in Poznań.

The registration of teams which applied to take part in the MDG Urban Game started at 8.30 within the Botanical Garden in Poznań. The participants received special booklets “about a journey” with 22 task to fulfil. 8 of them concerned Millennium Development Goals. At 9 o’clock sharp the registered teams begun to compete for the victory in the game.

8 goal walls which presented MDG were situated within the Botanical Garden. Each millennium goal was assigned to a separate task but at first one had to kick the ball to one of two holes situated in each goal. The tasks were as follows: to find food packaging – 1st goal; to perform a dialogue in foreign languages (Chewa language and Spanish) – 2nd goal; to perform “feminine” and “masculine” activities e.g. boys were carrying a basket with fruits on their heads, girls were fishing for paper fish – 3rd goal; to find first aid kid and medicament packaging hidden in bushes and formulate their ideas for achieving better health care for mothers – 4th and 5th goal; to do jigsaws illustrating environments were mosquitoes live – 6th goal; to use pan scales to balance water and waste paper – 7th goal and in the end, to take photographs of casual people met in the streets who hold a balloon with words “I support Fair Trade”. The other tasks concerned an expedition to Africa of a famous traveller Tadeusz Nowak who lives in Poznań and they required basic knowledge of geography and nature.

"I support Fair Trade" 

Numerous volunteers and … guests from Malawi, who visited Poznań at this time, helped to organised the game. Three best teams got prizes in the form of “Fair Trade coffers” (full of Fair Trade titbits) and Fair Trade balls. The MDG game drew media’s attention and a national and local TV broadcasted extensive coverage of this event. All participants took part in the concert of ethnic music from Mexico.

  "Band from Mexico

"Fair Trade football ball"  "Wall Goal for MDG"

Translation: Joanna Brodowska and Maja

European Tour Of Fair Trade Stakeholders From Malawi

“How do you get those nuts out of their hard shell?” This was one of the more easy questions to Grey Moffat Phiri of the Macadamia Growers`Cooperative Ntchisi. In end of May, the Malawian farmer had set off together with four local government representatives of Blantyre for a European roundtrip, in order to discuss about the potential of Fair Trade products together with activists and consumers in the partner cities of the EU-project “Aware&Fair”.

And Hannover, Poznan, Litomerice  and Miskolc involved their Malawian guests in a variety of public activities – at a “festival of cultures”, in meetings with owners of organic and ethical enterprises, a fashion show and reading in the public library, knowledge quest in the botanical garden, street market with information stands – and took opportunity to jointly raise awareness about Malawi, the Millennium Development Goals and their support through Fair Trade.


“Aware&Fair” Exhibition

The exhibition of photographs taken by Kiên Hoàng Lê and his students at workshop organized under the Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF) in 2011, has been on display since February 7th till the end of March in the main lobby of the City Hall of Poznan.


Poznań Councilmen Passed Resolution on Fair Trade

On Tuesday, January10th, Poznań councilmen passed a resolution in support of the idea of Fair Trade and the efforts made by the City of Poznań to earn the title of a Fair Trade Town. The city’s actions are related to the international project “Aware&Fair,” which is run in cooperation with partner cities Hannover (Germany), Miszkolc (Hungary), Litomerice (Czech Republic) and Blantyre (Malawi) as well as with Polish and German Fair Trade Associations.

The document which has been approved by the councilmen is the first formal step thanks to which Poznań can be awarded the honorable title of a Fair Trade Town. The movement of Fair Trade Towns have existed in the Western Europe since 1960s. It was started by Great Britain and it has become an initiative which gathers about 1000 cities cooperating with one another for the sake of sustainable development and Fair Trade.

Thanks to the adopted resolution, Poznań has a big chance to become a Fair Trade Town as soon as in 2012. Earlier, in December, a similar resolution was passed in Gdańsk, which is another city attempting to join the noble group of Fair Trade Towns. In order to receive the title, Poznań still has to fulfill numerous conditions e.g. to facilitate access to products with a Fair Trade certification mark in local shops and eateries. An important criterion is the variety of items: in each place there should be at least two types of products e.g. coffee and tea. The minimum number of places which need to have such a variety is: 45 shops and 23 eateries. However, the goal of Poznań is to have 55 shops and 27 eateries meeting the conditions (at the moment the city can pride itself on over 30 shops and about 14 eateries).

Another important step is to have 5 local work places and institutions such as schools or universities in which there is access to Fair Trade certified products. In addition to that, it is possible to have Fair Trade friendly schools and colleges. In the Fair Trade Town campaign, the media and the public play a significant role. Every citizen can become a part of the initiative and can support the city’s efforts while doing everyday shopping.

As a part of the project, a group of coordinators is to be established in Poznań. The aim of the group will be to cooperate with local entrepreneurs and distributors for the sake of Fair Trade. This should help Poznań make Fair Trade products available throughout the city as well as to meet the Fair Trade Town criteria.

Everyone can, in their own way, support the Aware&Fair project and contribute to the promotion of Fair Trade. The resolution which was passed yesterday in Poznań is not only proof that the city is entering the next stage of actions aimed at receiving the title. It is also the best proof that the conscious society is creating a new reality which is based on the rules of sustainable development.


Fair Trade New Year’s Party in Poznan

On January 6th 2012, the President of the City of Poznań, Ryszard Grobelny, hosted a New Year’s Party. It was attended by several hundred of the most famous Poznań residents from the spheres of politics, business, sport, culture, science, religion and economy. There was a Fair Trade related element to the party as the guests were served only coffee and tea which were Fair Trade certified.