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