Friday, 22 June 2007

ABOUT THE FAIRTRADE TOWNS INITIATIVE

The Fairtrade Towns Initiative aims to bring together people from all sectors of the community to promote Fairtrade and the FAIRTRADE Mark.

It was initiated by a group of supporters who declared Garstang in Lancashire the first Fairtrade Town in 2000. The campaign caught the imagination of local campaigners, politicians and businesses. It secured media coverage across North West England and ensured that many more people could recognise the FAIRTRADE Mark and understand its purpose.

There are Five Goals that towns must meet to be awarded Fairtrade Town status. The goals aim to increase the presence of the FAIRTRADE Mark and Fairtrade products throughout the local community, including the local council, faith groups, businesses and schools.

FIVE GOALS TO ACHIEVE 'FAIRTRADE TOWN' STATUS:
  1. The local council must pass a resolution supporting Fairtrade and committing to serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in offices and canteens (LOS: Completed. March 2007, motion passed at Leigh Town Council meeting)
  2. A range of Fairtrade products must be readily available in the area’s shops and served in local caf├ęs and catering establishments (targets are set in relation to population size) (There are currently cafe's serving Fairtrade beverages and goods in Leigh-on-Sea. Oasis The Coffee House, The Book Inn, Rhubarb Cafe (Sugar only). There is also Greens Health Foods, and various Cooperative: Food that stock Fairtrade goods)
  3. Fairtrade products must be used by a number of local work places (estate agents, hairdressers etc) and community organisations (churches, schools etc) (does your work place, business, organisation currently use Fairtrade goods? If so let us know by email or by posting a comment)
  4. The council must attract popular support for the campaign
  5. A Fairtrade Steering Group must be convened to ensure continued commitment to Fairtrade Town status (LOS: Completed, March 2007. Email us if you would like to join, offer a service for support)

There are many Fairtrade Towns (including boroughs, cities, islands, counties, zones and villages) across the UK. Check out the full list at www.fairtrade.org.uk/get_involved_fairtrade_towns.htm.

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