Members of Matlock’s Fairtrade Town Committee presented the Renewal Certificate of Fairtrade Town Status to the Mayor Steve Flitter and members of Matlock Town Council on Monday evening and thanked them for their support. The town had the prestigious award renewed for the fourth time in 2015.
Matlock was first awarded the Fairtrade status in 2005 in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within the town. The status of Fairtrade Town has to be renewed every two years to ensure Fairtrade is still promoted in the town.
Spokesperson for the Matlock Fairtrade Town Committee, Barbara Daniels said “I like to shop in the town and support local businesses. It is very rewarding to see how many of our local businesses are using Fairtrade and how many of our independent catering establishments offer a Fairtrade cuppa.”
Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest as the farmer-owned co-operative democratically chooses, in projects that will benefit their business and community.
Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We’re so pleased that Matlock has renewed their Fairtrade status and laid out clear exciting goals to take Fairtrade further.”
“Thanks to the ongoing 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.”
Plans are afoot to promote Fairtrade during the nationwide Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from 29th February to 13th March 2016. The theme for the fortnight this year is “Sit Down for Breakfast and Stand up For Farmers”.
As Martin Luther King famously said “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning you’ve depended on more than half the world”.
Watch this space for details of events during the Fortnight.
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 Fairtrade visit www.fairtrade.org.uk.