22 November 2016
Exeter successfully renews its Fairtrade status
Exeter has successfully renewed its Fairtrade city status for another two years, following its ongoing commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles.
Exeter has been a Fairtrade city for 12 years, support for the brand has grown with more and more shops, restaurants and cafes stocking and selling Fairtrade goods.
Cllr Paul Bull, Lead Councillor for Fairtrade in Exeter, said he was delighted that Exeter had successfully renewed its Fairtrade status.
“More and more people are choosing Fairtrade goods and that’s down to the city’s commitment to supporting the Fairtrade Mark. These days Fairtrade goods are much more widely available in Exeter.
“I would like to thank everyone who has put so much time, energy and creativity into helping achieve the renewal of our Fairtrade City status, and I look forward to enabling Faitrade to continue to grow across Exeter in the coming years.
“As part of our application for renewal we focussed on the work we do in schools and we understand that the Fairtrade Foundation were particularly impressed how we engage with and educate local children about Fairtrade.”
The Fairtrade Mark means that the ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.
Exeter’s Fairtrade Steering Group will now focus on promoting Fairtrade to more community groups and businesses in the area by taking part in campaigns, including the UK-wide Fairtrade Fortnight at the end of February.
Exeter was first awarded the Fairtrade status in 2004 in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within the city and the achievement of five qualifying goals, such as 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.
Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We’re very pleased that Exeter has renewed its Fairtrade status and laid out clear exciting goals to take Fairtrade further.
“Thanks to the ongoing support of the public and campaigners, an increasing number of farmers in developing countries are now selling their products on Fairtrade terms, bringing them a stable income, and the chance to trade their way out of poverty.”
For more information about the FAIRTRADE Mark and how to apply for Fairtrade status, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk.