We did it!
After an 8 year campaign, Peterborough has been awarded Fairtrade status for its commitment to Fairtrade principles.
Peterborough is now officially a Fairtrade City, after it made a resolution in 2011 to actively promote Fairtrade to consumers, businesses and community groups in the area.
Adam Gardner, Acting Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome Peterborough to the Fairtrade movement which now boasts more than 2,000 communities worldwide, taking practical steps to making a fairer world trade system a reality.”
As part of the campaign, retailers have pledged to sell more than four Fairtrade products and eateries have served Fairtrade tea and coffee. The campaign also secured support from faith groups, schools and voluntary groups, as well as lobbying businesses to promote the Fairtrade message in their working practices.
Spokesperson for the Fairtrade Peterborough group: “It’s been an exciting journey to achieve Fairtrade City status for Peterborough, we could not have done it without the support from local businesses, schools, places of worship and people of Peterborough.”
What is a Fairtrade City?
A Fairtrade City is a community which has made a commitment to support small-scale farmers ensure they earn decent incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest in vital business, social and environmental projects.
Towns, cities, boroughs, villages, islands, counties and zones can apply for the Fairtrade Town status and join the movement towards a fairer world trade system. An area that apply for Fairtrade status must meet five criteria:
1 Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee Fairtrade at its meetings and canteens.
2 At least four Fairtrade products can be purchased in the area’s local shops and eateries.
3 Fairtrade is effectively promoted to local businesses and community organisations.
4 Attracting media coverage and popular support for the campaign.
5 A local Steering Group must be established to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade Town status.
Can you help us?
Although we are now a Fairtrade City there is still lots of work to be done in order to uphold this status. As all work is carried out by volunteers, we always need help! Some ways you can get involved are to:
Join our group
We are a friendly but small team, who welcome any help. If you would be able to spare a few hours please get in contact.
Simply support us by purchasing Fairtrade products. To see where you can buy in Peterborough check out our Stockists information.
Become a Fairtrade spotter
Seen a new Fairtrade product in Peterborough? Let us know by filling out our short survey.