The City of London has had its Fairtrade Status re-accredited, following a review of activities by the Fairtrade Foundation earlier this year.
The Foundation were particularly complementary about the way City businesses have with Fairtrade and were impressed with the range of events that had been organised.
“I am delighted that the partnerships’ efforts have been recognised” said The Reverend George Bush, chairman of the City Fairtrade partnership “the engagement of City firms with the Fairtrade agenda has been particularly welcome, and we look forward to organising more exciting events over the coming months”
The Fairtrade Mark is an independent consumer label which appears on around 2,500 products as a guarantee that farmers in developing countries are receiving a higher proportion of the value of the commodities they produce. This reduces reliance their on aid and allows rural communities to invest in sanitation and education.
There are an estimated one million farmers and workers directly involved in Fairtrade and millions more benefit indirectly from the extra money it brings to their community.
We are proud that the Square Mile has been an accredited Fairtrade Zone since 2007.
What Fairtrade status means
In gaining Fairtrade accreditation the City met the strict criteria laid down by the Fairtrade Foundation. This means that
A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s shops and served in local cafés.
Fairtrade products are used by a large number of our businesses and community organisations.
And a local Fairtrade group has been established to ensure continued commitment to Fairtrade status.
The City Fairtrade steering group
The City Fairtrade steering group comprises a number of influential businesses and organisations including Aviva, KPMG, Waitrose, Matrix Knowledge Group and the Barbican Centre.
To find out more about the City campaign and how you can get involved read our Fairtrade FAQs, email Fairtrade@cityoflondon.gov.uk or call 020 7332 1431.
For more information on Fairtrade, products and suppliers, visit the Fairtrade Foundation.