What is 'fairtrade'?
Fairtrade is a system of trading which ensures that the people who produce products in developing countries are paid a fair price for them. This allows the producers to plan ahead for their future and to improve all aspects of their lives – from better working conditions to more opportunities for education for their children.
In Britain the Fairtrade Foundation monitors fairly traded products such as tea, coffee and chocolate. Products which meet its criteria are awarded the Fairtrade Mark (as shown on the front of the directory).
What is a 'fairtrade town'?
To achieve fairtrade town status a town has to achieve 5 goals which are set by the Fairtrade Foundation. These are:
the local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agrees to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee at meetings
a range of Fairtrade products are available in local shops and cafes
a number of local businesses and community organisations use Fairtrade products
to get local press coverage and popular support for the campaign
to set up a steering group to ensure continued commitment to maintaining Fairtrade Town status
How can I find out more about Fairtrade?
Contact the Fairtrade Foundation:
Suite 203, 16 Baldwin's Gardens, London EC1N 7RJ
020 7405 5942