Local Fairtrade supporters are celebrating the renewal of ‘Fairtrade District’ status for the Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable district.
This recognition is awarded by the national Fairtrade Foundation to towns and cities which demonstrate an active commitment to promoting the use of Fairtrade food and drink items and other products.
Products which carry the FAIRTRADE Mark guarantee a fair price to farmers and producers in developing countries to help them work their way out of poverty. When they sell their tea, coffee, sugar, chocolate or fruit on Fairtrade terms, farmers also receive a Fairtrade Premium to invest in facilities for their local community – for example, building schools, medical centres, roads, or investing in new equipment.
To renew its Fairtrade District status, the Canterbury district had to demonstrate backing for Fairtrade by the local authority and key local institutions. The Fairtrade Foundation congratulated Canterbury Fairtrade Steering Group for its engagement with local universities, schools, the cathedral and churches. It also praised the good ongoing relationship with Canterbury City Council and the activity to maintain local authority support.
Councillor Nick Eden-Green, one of the councillors who represent Canterbury City Council on the Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “It’s brilliant news that we have managed to renew Canterbury District’s Fairtrade status. It underscores the commitment of hundreds of local people to the objectives of Fairtrade. Well done, especially, to all the volunteers and supporters who worked so hard to keep Fairtrade principles to the fore.”
Pictured in photo: Councillors Jean Butcher, Nick Eden-Green and Sally Waters with local Fairtrade supporters and school-children at Canterbury Fairtrade Fair 2018.