Fairtrade in Nottingham
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world, by requiring companies to pay sustainable prices.
When you see the Fairtrade mark on a product what does it mean?
Producer organisations receive an agreed and stable price for their products that covers the cost of sustainable production and enables them to support their families and provide for a better future.
- Producer groups also receive an investment premium. They decide democratically how this should be spent, improvements to health care, clean water supplies, schooling to give their children a better future or business improvements such as processing facilities or building warehouses - the choice is theirs
- Producers are working to implement more sustainable farming methods by reducing chemical useage, recycling waste or investing the premium in their own environmental projects.
Nottingham City Council agreed a motion proposed to refresh the status of Nottingham as a Fairtrade City.
Nottingham City Council supports the promotion and purchase of products with the Fairtrade Mark as part of our commitment to sustainable international development and giving marginalised producers a fair deal.
As the first city council in 1993 to support fairtrade teas, coffees, and sugars we resolve to continue to contribute to the campaign to increase sales of products with the Fairtrade Mark. We will do this by refreshing our Fairtrade status for Nottingham City as detailed by the Fairtrade Foundation's 'Fairtrade City' initiative.
This motion updates Nottingham's commitment to Fairtrade, by supporting the wider range of Fairtrade products now available.
We commit to:
- Use locally sourced Fairtrade marked food and drink products within the Authority.
- Changing procurement and facilities management policy to reflect our policy towards Fairtrade products.
- Promote the Fairtrade mark using 'Fairtrade Foundation' promotional materials in internal refreshment areas, Nottingham's public buildings and promoting the Fairtrade City initiative in Impact magazine, the staff intranet and external communications such as the internet and Arrow magazine.
- Support the 'global dimension doorway' of the Sustainable Schools agenda, so that schools are models of good global citizenship.
- Urge local retailers to provide Fairtrade options for customers.
- Urge local businesses to offer Fairtrade options to their staff and promote the Fairtrade Mark.
- Engage a flagship employer to further promote Fairtrade in our community.
- Engage in a media campaign to publicise the 'Fairtrade City' initiative.
- Allocate resources for continued progression of the 'Fairtrade City' initiative.
- Continue to organise events and publicity during national Fairtrade Fortnight - the annual national campaign to promote sales of products with the Fairtrade mark, and other events supporting Fairtrade.
- Work with other local Fairtrade groups for the benefit of the Greater Nottingham community.
To be a Fairtrade City, there are 5 goals to achieve:
- The Local Council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade
- The range of at least two Fairtrade products are readily available in the areas shops and served in local cafes / catering establishments
- Fairtrade products are used by an appropriate number of local work places and community organisations
- Attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign
- A local steering group is convened to ensure progress and continued commitment to the campaign