VOLUNTEERS from the Havant Fairtrade Group recently addressed Havant Borough Council as mayor Faith Ponsonby committed to another two years of Fairtrade work.
The mayor proposed the motion that the council should continue to support Fairtrade for the next two years; this was unanimously passed.
As a result, the Havant Fairtrade Group presented the council with a certificate, which commemorated its continued support.
The award shows that sufficient shops, cafes and community groups are using products with the Fairtrade mark, and that the council is committed to serving Fairtrade products at meetings and in the plaza, as well as supporting events during the ongoing Fairtrade Fortnight.
The strap line for this year campaign is ‘Don’t Feed Exploitation’ and posters show hard-working farmers and workers illustrating the impact our buying choices can make across the globe.
Maureen Thompson, who gave a short speech to the council, said: ‘We were thrilled to have the chance to talk to councillors at the mayor’s tea and with the great support we received from councillors in the debate, especially as some councillors seemed keen to encourage local retailers to consider supplying Fairtrade products.’
Spokesperson Sue James said: ‘We are committed to Fairtrade because we know that many farmers growing our food in poorer countries are not paid enough to provide for themselves and their families, while also struggling with problems like climate change and unreliable markets.
‘Fairtrade guarantees a price above the world market price and an additional social premium, offering local people the opportunity to build and improve communities. They also guarantee high standards on the environment giving women key roles and they do not employ children.’
Fairtrade Fortnight will continue until Sunday, March 12.
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