Weston-super-Mare Chamber of Commerce is delighted the motion to support Weston becoming accredited as a Fairtrade Town alongside our neighbours in Winscombe, Sandford, Portishead & Pill was passed unanimously by Weston Town Council recently. Encouraging business to operate with integrity can only be seen as an advantage, and we look forward to being involved with this project and helping the team achieve this. You may recall our own Plastic-free Weston campaign started in a similar vein back in 2017. We have come a long way since then, with Weston awarded Plastic-free community status only nine months later.
What’s Fairtrade? You may recognise the logo – most people do! You may even have already bought products. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. It’s about reducing global poverty, reducing the exploitation of people who work on the land and allowing poor manual workers to feed and educate their families. More and more consumers are choosing to shop ethically and 84% of shoppers trust the Fairtrade mark.
So how can you help Weston? We want to hear from local retailers, cafes, accommodation providers and catering businesses who already stock at least two Fairtrade products or are keen to do so; other workplaces can also simply offer Fairtrade products to your staff and visitors, all with the aim of helping raise awareness of Fairtrade in the community. If you already do this, work for someone who does, or would like to know more, then please contact Peter.McAleer@wsm-tc.gov.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weston Chamber will always champion the #ShopLocal ethos but, where it is recognised that goods cannot be produced in our own country, eg bananas, chocolate, tea, coffee, cotton etc we believe it is only right that the world’s poorest workers are treated and paid fairly.
More information about FairTrade can also be found at www.fairtrade.org.uk
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