MEMBERS of the Gosport Fairtrade Action (GFA) Steering Group presented the town’s Mayor, Councillor Keith Farr, with a certificate renewing Gosport’s Fairtrade Borough Status for a further two years.
Alongside Tessa Bloodworth, GFA Steering Group Chair, and David Bloodworth, Committee member and Secretary, Sarah Hirom helped present the award.
As the group’s coordinator, she thanked the council for supporting Fairtrade since Gosport became a Fairtrade Borough in 2008. She read out a statement from the Fairtrade Foundation.
It said: ‘We were pleased to see how successful you have been working with your local council in Gosport.
‘Your good work ensuring the council meets their commitments represents a considerable achievement.’
The town has shown its commitment to Fairtrade by using Fairtrade tea and coffee at meetings and providing a room for the group to meet. Gosport’s town hall has also promoted the foundation by displaying a Fairtrade certificate in the reception and hosting a display during Fairtrade Fortnight in March.
Ms Hirom stated that Gosport is part of a network of 1,102 Fairtrade towns around the world working to set fairer standards for trade.
She said: ‘Fairtrade guarantees that farmers receive a price that covers their costs, so they can provide for their families, farm sustainably and adapt to climate change. An extra payment enables them to invest in their business and their communities.’
Cllr Farr expressed the thanks of the council and paid tribute to the work of Gosport Fairtrade.
He said: ‘Your excellent work and dedication has helped to make Gosport a more caring town.
‘Through your example Gosport people are aware of the plight of those less fortunate in other parts of the world and have given us the chance to help them.’
At the end of the meeting Ms Hirom invited councillors to attend next year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, urging them to explore different aspects of Fairtrade.