A Fairtrade Borough

About Fairtrade

Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. We do this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.

Fairtrade sets  social, economic and environmental standards for both companies and the farmers and workers who grow the food we love. For farmers and workers the standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, for companies they include the payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects of the community’s choice.

Fairtrade certifies products and ingredients by independently checking that standards have been met by the farmers, workers and companies that are part of products’ supply chains. And in order to reassure consumers that this has happened, we license the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products and packaging to signal this. When all the ingredients that can be Fairtrade in a product are, the product carries this Mark.

What is Fairtrade?

In May 2017 Ards and North Down Borough Council became a Fairtrade Borough.  
To become a Fairtrade Borough we had to show commitment from all sectors of the community to promote and use fairly traded products.

Five goals had to be achieved:
• The Council passed a resolution to support Fairtrade and agreeing to serve Fairtrade products.
• A proportion of local retailers and catering establishments must stock fairtrade products
• Local workplaces, schools and community organisations support Fairtrade and use products wherever possible.
• Media coverage and events be organised to raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.
• A local Fairtrade steering group be convened to ensure the campaign continues to develop and gain new support.

As a Fairtrade Borough we have to continue to promote and encourage the use of Fairtrade Products.  

How can you get involved:
• Choose products with the Fairtrade mark
• Ask your local retailer to stock a selection of Fairtrade items
• Introduce Fairtrade coffee mornings to your friends, workplace or community group. 
• Ask your local Church or community group to include Fairtrade in their sermons or events list. 
• Schools can also become involved in a variety of ways including those above.

Upcoming Fairtrade events
Fairtrade Fortnight, 26 Feb-11 Mar

Contact emma.adair@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk or visit fairtrade.org.uk or fairtrade.ie for more information and support