Neston achieves Fairtrade status

21 October 2019

Neston is now officially a Fairtrade Town, after making a resolution to actively promote Fairtrade to consumers, businesses and community groups in the area. 

Towns, cities, boroughs, villages, islands, counties and zones can apply for the Fairtrade Town status and join the movement towards a fairer world trade system. An area applying for Fairtrade status must meet five criteria:
  • Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee Fairtrade at its meetings and canteens.
  • At least four Fairtrade products can be purchased in the area's local shops and eateries.  
  • Fairtrade is effectively promoted to local businesses and community organisations.
  • Attracting media coverage and popular support for the campaign.
  • A local Steering Group must be established to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade Town status. 
Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Local Member for Little Neston said: “I’m very proud of the work done by the steering group, many congratulations, their hard work has been highlighted in the feedback from the Fairtrade Foundation, who said it is not often that a town’s initial application is already as strong and comprehensive as yours.  
 
“Cheshire West and Chester is a Fairtrade Borough, we were first awarded Fairtrade status in July 2011. At its meeting in October 2018, the Council unanimously agreed to continue to support Fairtrade across the borough and to support the work of the independent Steering Group. 
 
“Please look out for and ask for the Fairtrade products on your next visit to Neston.”
 
Margaret Heibel, who led the Neston Fairtrade application said: “This is such good news, the feedback we received from the Fairtrade application included: It is wonderful to see that Fairtrade is really becoming a part of the Neston community through the active support shown by the groups, organisations and businesses.

“We are impressed with the events held at some of the schools such as the Fairtrade breakfast as St Winefrides Primary school and the Fairtrade break and café at Woodfall Primary school for Fairtrade Fortnight.

“We were really pleased to read that all churches have made a commitment to Fairtrade and we hope that as a result members of the congregation have become more aware of Fairtrade and what it means for farmers in developing countries. Finally, Our thanks to Ness & Little Ness WI, Neston Community & Youth Centre and Neston Civic Society for their support and we hope that they will continue to be a part of the Neston Fairtrade Town campaign in the future.”
 
Adam Gardner, Acting Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome Neston to the Fairtrade movement which now boasts more than 2,000 communities worldwide, taking practical steps to making a fairer world trade system a reality. 
 
“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 1.6 million farmers and workers across 74 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system, but there is still a long way to go.”
 
Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn decent incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest in vital business, social and environmental projects. 

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: fairtrade.org.uk. The Neston Fairtrade Town Steering Group welcomes more members whether individuals or business/group reps. Please contact: margaret@heibel.co.uk.

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