Weston super Mare Town Council is campaigning to get Fairtrade Town Status for the town in 2021 and beyond. We want to encourage as many local businesses, organisations and schools to promote Fairtrade products.
Becoming a Fairtrade Town sends a powerful message about how the community wants trade to work and will directly benefit some of the world’s poorest farmers and workers.
Examples of Fairtrade products are tea, coffee, sugar, bananas, chocolate, and even gold. Keep an eye out for the blue and green Fairtrade mark! Fairtrade works to raise the voices of farmers and workers and prioritise what they need to respond to the environmental crises unfolding in already vulnerable communities. Promoting Fairtrade shows a commitment by the town to a fairer and more sustainable way of life for third world producers and their communities. Businesses and Organisations can support the campaign by selling or serving Fairtrade products.
The decision to champion Fair Trade also supports the Council’s plans for our residents to make informed choices and enable them to sustain change. Weston super Mare Town Council resolves to promote fair-trade products and to make the public aware of the fair-trade produce that businesses can offer them. The Council asks retailers that they pledge support for the campaign by considering selling at least 2 Fairtrade products in your retail outlet and displaying a sign in your window. When the status is achieved the campaign will continue to be supported by the steering group to maintain a high profile for Fairtrade within the town. The Council have appointed Pete McAleer, Chairman of the steering group, as Fairtrade representative.
Weston Town Council commits to providing, where possible only products which are ethically sourced at internal committee meetings in all its venues that we have influence over, including the Blakehay Theatre and Weston Museum. In particular that Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar are usually available as refreshment options.