The Council's Fairtrade Policy

The following Council policy, in respect to Fairtrade, was passed as a resolution at a full meeting of the Council on 17 July 2002:

All coffee, tea, chocolate and bananas provided as part of municipal meetings, functions and meals are procured from Fairtrade sources as far as is practical within existing UK and European legislation.

The Criteria for Fairtrade Zone Status

The Fairtrade Foundation awards Fairtrade status. The criteria for the award are:

  • The Local Council passes a resolution to support Fairtrade, by agreeing to serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its offices and canteens.
  • A range of at least two Fairtrade products is readily available in the area’s shops. Fairtrade products are served in local cafes/catering establishments
  • Fairtrade products are used by a number of local work places (estate agents, hairdressers etc and community organisations such as churches, schools etc)
  • Good media coverage and popular support for the campaign.
  • A local Fairtrade steering group be convened to develop the process of accreditation and to ensure continual commitment to its Fairtrade Town or City status.

The Targets set by Fairtrade Foundation for the necessary number of Fairtrade retail and catering outlets serving a town or zone depend on the size of the population and are complex.

The Fairtrade Foundation certificate can only be achieved once these five goals have been signed and dated by the steering group and the Fairtrade Foundation.

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