Cheshire West and Chester Council has successfully renewed its Fairtrade borough status for another two years, following its ongoing commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles.
The borough’s Fairtrade Steering Group – which includes campaigners and supporters from Neston, Ellesmere Port and Chester – has revealed plans to promote Fairtrade to more community groups and businesses in the area.
Their activities include taking part in campaigns, such as the UK-wide Fairtrade Fortnight at the end of February.
Plans for Fairtrade Fortnight comprise a Fairtrade stall inside Chester Market, Fairtrade coffee mornings and other activities across the borough.
Chester became the world’s first Fairtrade City in 2002, and later Cheshire West and Chester Council was awarded Fairtrade status in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within the borough.
It acknowledges the achievement of five qualifying goals, including a wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets, high levels of support from local people, businesses, the council, faith groups and schools.
Cllr Louise Gittins, cabinet member communities and wellbeing said: “I am pleased to have lent my support to enable the council unanimously recommitting its support for Fairtrade.
“This was an essential step for the renewal for Fairtrade status for the borough.
“We are now looking at how we can publicise this more, including for example signs welcoming residents to a Fairtrade borough.”
John Tacon, acting chair of the Fairtrade Steering Group, commented: “This is a major achievement for the borough.
“Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries and helps them have more control over their futures and protect the environment in which they live and work.”
Johan added: “Thanks go to all the hard work of the many campaigners, supporters, small businesses and larger retailers across the borough who continue to commit to Fairtrade products.”
The Fairtrade Mark independently certifies that products meet economic, social and environmental standards. It is among the most widely-recognised ethical standards marks globally.
To find out more about Fairtrade in Cheshire West, you can visit the corresponding Facebook page.
Photo left to right: Cllr Louise Gittins, Matthew Sutton, Heather Swainston, Rachel Cross, John Tacon