Fairtrade in Eastleigh Borough Campaign – Fairtrade status awarded to Eastleigh Borough

We are delighted to announce that The Fairtrade Foundation has recognised the achievements of the Fairtrade in Eastleigh Borough Campaign, with the full support of Eastleigh Borough Council, and have awarded Fairtrade status to Eastleigh Borough for its commitment to Fairtrade principles.

Eastleigh is now officially a Fairtrade Borough, after a resolution was made in 2005 to actively promote Fairtrade to consumers, businesses and community groups in the area.

As part of the campaign, retailers had to pledge to sell more than four Fairtrade products and eateries had to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee. The campaign also secured support from faith groups, schools and voluntary groups, as well as lobbying businesses to promote the Fairtrade message in their working practices.

Cabinet Lead for Environment & Sustainability Cllr Rupert Kyrle said “I would like to congratulate everyone who has worked for this and it’s great news that Eastleigh is now a Fairtrade Borough.”

Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome Eastleigh Borough to the Fairtrade movement which now unites over 1,500 communities worldwide, taking practical steps to making a fairer world trade system a reality." He added, “Thanks to the 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.”

Today, more than 1.4 million people including farmers and workers across more than 70 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system, but there is still a long way to go.

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.

The 'Fairtrade in Eastleigh Borough' group will be presented with the certificate by the Mayor of
Eastleigh at their AGM, 7pm on 15 July at Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House.

We would like to thank all members and supporters of the Campaign for their continued support – please email us for further information on how you can help with the Campaign in your local area.

Thank you – from the Committee Members of The Fairtrade in Eastleigh Borough Campaign.