Trowbridge City Council to vote on continued support for the Fairtrade movement on Tuesday
CONTINUING support for the global fair trade movement is expected to be approved by Trowbridge city councilors on Tuesday.
They are expected to vote for Cllr Stephen Cooper’s motion to reaffirm their continued support for the goals and efforts of the Trowbridge Fairtrade Group and the Fairtrade Foundation at large.
Fairtrade is a movement that seeks to support producers in developing countries in the Third World. Its main objective is to help producers, be they farmers, growers or artisans, to earn a fair day’s work for a fair day’s work.
Trowbridge has been a Fairtrade Town since 2009, and the current mayor is the Honorary Chairman of the Trowbridge Fairtrade Group.
The Trowbridge Town Fairtrade group works with council, businesses, schools, churches and community groups to promote its principles and philosophy.
Together, fair trade producers not only supply foodstuffs such as tea, coffee, cocoa, bananas and nuts, but more refined products such as cotton and oil and manufactured goods such as chocolate and cosmetics, all ethically sourced, produced and marketed.
For the farmers and workers involved, Fairtrade means workers’ rights, sustainable employment, safer working conditions and fairer pay. For consumers, this means better quality products from ethical sources.
There are 1.7 million farmers, producers and artisans and 1,411 producer organizations working around the world according to Fairtrade standards.
In 2018, in addition to ensuring a fair income for all these individuals and groups, Fairtrade contributed an additional £ 166.2million to community development projects in the form of community bonuses.
Fairtrade is a global movement with a strong presence in the UK represented by the Fairtrade Foundation.
The Fairtrade logo is now universally recognized as a guarantee of ethical business standards.