Fairtrade Island Status
What does it mean that Thanet is a Fairtrade Island?
Being a Fairtrade Island (or even Isle), gives us the same status as being a Fairtrade Town. It means that as a community we have achieved certain criteria as set out by the Fairtrade Foundation which is the umbrella organisation for all Fairtrade groups in the UK and awards Fairtrade status.
There are over 500 towns, cities, villages and areas in the UK with Fairtrade status
The purpose of Fairtrade is to raise awareness of how we can help tackle poverty through our everyday choices when shopping. By choosing items with the Fairtrade MARK we ensure that the farmers in developing countries get a sustainable, fair price for products such as tea, coffee, chocolate and bananas, that we consume on a daily basis.
Thanet achieved Fairtrade Island status in February 2008. and it has been successfully renewed, as required, in 2010 and 2012 and 2015.
The Five Criteria for Fairtrade Island Status
- Local Council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example coffee and tea at meetings, offices and canteens).
- At least four Fairtrade product ranges are readily available in the area’s retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents, petrol stations) and two products served in local catering outlets (cafés, restaurants, pubs).
- Local workplaces and community organisations (places of worship, schools, universities, colleges and other community organisations) support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible.
- Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.
- A local Fairtrade Steering Group be convened to develop the process of accreditation and to ensure continual commitment to its Fairtrade Town or Island status.
Fair trade (as two words), means any fairly traded goods. This includes a range of ethical organisations e.g. Rainforest Alliance, Body Shop etc
Fairtrade (one word), goods carry the FAIRTRADE Mark that guarantees, amongst other things, a fair price for the producer. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.