Fairtrade status awarded
Campaigners have been working hard for months to achieve Fairtrade status for Sidmouth:
Futures Forum: Making Sidmouth a Fairtrade Town
Boost for Fairtrade campaigners – View News
The Herald carries the story:
Sidmouth lands Fairtrade Town status
23 August 2016
Wendy Spratling with Sidmouth’s Fairtrade certificate.
Effort of volunteers pays off.
The announcement was made today following a resolution in 2016 to actively promote Fairtrade to consumers, businesses and community groups in the area.
As part of the campaign, retailers had to pledge to sell more than four Fairtrade products and eateries to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee. The campaign also secured support from local authorities, faith groups and voluntary organisations, as well as lobbying businesses to promote the Fairtrade message in their working practices.
Wendy Spratling, spokesperson for Sidmouth’s Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “This is excellent news and we would like to thank all members of the local community who have helped to make it happen. We hope that others will soon follow suit so that we can go on increasing the availability of Fairtrade products across the town.”
Adam Gardner, communities campaigns manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sidmouth to the Fairtrade movement, which now unites over 1,500 communities worldwide, taking practical steps to making a fairer world trade system a reality.
“Thanks to the 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.”
Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest as the farmer-owned co-operative democratically chooses, in projects that will benefit their business or community.
Here in Sidmouth, the steering group is looking forward to celebrating the town’s new status at its ‘Just Fayre and Fashion Show’, which takes place at All Saints Church on Saturday, October 8, and will feature a range of fairly traded products along with a café, stalls and other attractions, including a smoothie bike.
And later in the year, there’ll be a fair to celebrate:
“Just Fayre & Fashion Show”
All Saints Church on Saturday 8 October.
It takes place from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm, with the fashion show at 11.30 am (featuring clothes from Fields (Natural Nomads), Sancho’s Dress (Fairtrade shop from Exeter) and Flo & Us.
There’ll also be a range of stalls with fairly traded products, a café and a smoothie bike.
Admission is £1 including tea/coffee.
More details nearer the time.
Sidmouth Fairtrade Steering Group
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