March 11th 2006 Warrington is officially declared a Fairtrade Borough

Warrington Borough Council obtained Fairtrade status in 2006. In becoming a Fairtrade borough Warrington has had to show that there is a real commitment to Fairtrade in all areas of its community. A steering group meets regularly to continue to promote Fairtrade issues and to ensure Fairtrade products are available in even more venues.

There were 5 criteria required to achieve Fairtrade Borough Status

How Warrington achieved these criteria?

• Warrington Borough Council has passed a resolution to promote Fairtrade and uses Fairtrade tea and coffee in its meetings.

• A Steering Group exists to head up the work of reaching the Fairtrade Borough criteria and then ensure Warrington’s continuing qualification to be a Fairtrade Borough. This group is open for any supporter to join

• The number of retail & catering outlets required to be selling two Fairtrade products is linked to a town’s population size. With a population of 191,000 Warrington exceeds by double the target of 30 retailers and 15 caterers download the Warrington Fairtrade directory for further details.

• Support from local industry, schools, churches and societies. Fairtrade is strongly supported in Warrington churches, there is growing interest in schools and key employers including Chester University, Serco Assurance, United Utilities, and the Warrington Guardian use Fairtrade products in their business as well as a number of voluntary organisations.

• Campaign publicity. Good support has been established with The Warrington Guardian and other local media, community group news sheets, magazines etc.

 

Warrington Fairtrade Steering Group's Mission.


As the Fairtrade Steering Group our mission is to raise awareness of Fairtrade and the difference that consumers make by asking for "Fairtrade" when they go shopping. One way we do this is by organising award winning Fairtrade Fortnight events that spread the message of Fairtrade to tens of thousands of people in the Warrington area

Fair 4 All

This a dedicated Fair Trade stall on Warrington market, run by volunteers to raise awareness about Fairtrade.

They can offer:


•Speakers, DVDs, learning games

•Posters and information leaflets

•Sale or Return stalls

 

How can you be involved?

• Ask for Fairtrade products to be used at work, in community groups etc.
• Buy Fairtrade with your regular shopping.
• When eating out ask for Fairtrade - If enough customers regularly request Fairtrade products when ordering in local food outlets and restaurants, then demand will ensure they eventually become part of the establishment’s regular menu.
• Join the Steering Group, or notify us of any establishments that should be added to our outlets or local industry lists.

 

Fairtrade represents a strategy for fighting poverty.


Fairtrade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries and promote sustainability.

The movement advocates the payment of a higher price to producers as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate and flowers.

Fairtrade's strategic intent is to work with marginalized producers and workers in order to help them move towards economic self-sufficiency and stability. It also aims to allow them to become greater stakeholders in their own organizations, as well as play a wider role in international trade.


Why is there a need for Fairtrade?


Fairtrade is a step to making the world a fairer place. You can show your support for developing world producers through what you buy. Two billion people - a third of humanity - survive on less than $2 a day. Unfair trade rules keep them in poverty, but they face the global challenges of food shortages and climate change too. Fairtrade believes that developing world producers should be in control of their own lives, by getting a better deal for the work that they do. This is a different way of doing business. It's a way that puts the poorest of the world first.

Small scale farmers and field workers in developing countries live with the constant pressures of world markets, fluctuating prices, and exploitation by local traders. The repercussions range from debt to unemployment and poverty. However, there are few alternatives to domestic production. Unfortunately, they often include the cultivation of narcotic substances, prostitution, child labour, migration to the slums of major cities or emigration. Fairtrade offers a way out of this downward spiral.