Blackpool has successfully renewed Fairtrade Town status for two years, following its ongoing commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles.
The town was first awarded Fairtrade status in 2017 inrecognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within Blackpool and the achievement of five qualifying goals, such as a wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets, high levels of support from local people, businesses, the council, faith groups and schools.
Cllr Maria Kirkland, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for the Fairness Commission, said: “Achieving Fairtrade status once again is excellent news for Blackpool and it’s thanks to all the hard work and commitment of everyone involved who have helped to make it happen.
“Fairtrade is something we can all take part in. People can make a big difference to the lives of farmers and workers around the world whether it’s through talking to others about the benefits of Fairtrade or swapping a regular product for a Fairtrade one.”
Layton ward councillor Martin Mitchell proposed the original motion for Blackpool to become a Fairtrade town and was the council’s representative on the Steering Committee throughout.
Cllr Mitchell added: “Fairtrade allows people, government and companies to choose whether to help food producers who need help most. It is right and proper that Blackpool supports the drive to make the world economy fair.”
Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We’re very pleased that Blackpool has renewed their Fairtrade status.
“Thanks to the ongoing 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.
The FAIRTRADE Mark independently certifies that products meet economic, social and environmental standards. As such, it is the most widely recognised ethical mark worldwide.
For more information about the FAIRTRADE Mark and how to apply for Fairtrade status, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk.
For more information about the Blackpool Fairness Commission, visit www.blackpoolfairness.org