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Camden Council celebrates 25 years of Fairtrade

October 26th, 2020

Camden Council’s councillors unanimously passed a motion, proposed by Cllr Jenny Mulholland, seconded by Cllr Larraine Revah, celebrating 25 years of Fairtrade and Camden’s continued commitment to Fairtrade, working with local groups, schools, universities, and businesses.

Full text of motion:

This council notes that:

  • 2019 marks 25 years since the FAIRTRADE Mark was launched in the UK.
  • Since 1994, consumer demand for fair trade has grown thanks to the efforts ofgrassroots campaigners, and pioneering fair trade businesses.
  • There are now over 600 Fairtrade Communities in the UK and more than 2,000 globally.
  • As a result of fair trade commitments from mainstream brands and retailers, the UK Fairtrade market is now one of the biggest in the world.
  • Global Fairtrade sales last year generated £142 million in Fairtrade Premium. Farmers in 73 countries have invested this money in their communities, increasing business productivity and contributing to the achievement of the global Sustainable DevelopmentGoals (SDGs).
  • Despite this positive news, exploitation remains rampant in global supply chains. More than 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery, including forced labour, and 152 million young people in child labour. Hundreds of millions more areearning less than a living income or wage.

This council believes that:

  • Fairtrade and the wider Fair Trade movement has a significant contribution to make towards ending exploitation in global supply chains and achieving the SDGs.
  • The recently agreed International Fair Trade Charter should be welcomed, with its vision of transforming trade to work for people and planet.
  • The Fairtrade principles of paying a ‘premium’ that is wholly managed by farmers and workers themselves, and of minimum prices to protect producers from market volatility, are crucial to systemic change.
  • Public bodies, including local authorities, should support ethical procurement policies, using their purchasing power to support Fairtrade Standards and ensure their supply chains, at homeand abroad, are free of exploitation, including modern slavery.
  • Companies operating through global supply chains should go further and take steps to require the payment of living wages and achievement of living incomes for all.

This council resolves to:

  • Renew its commitment/commit to achieve ‘Fairtrade Community’ status.
  • Actively promote Fairtrade locally, through support for local groups, in the media including social media, and events, including during Fairtrade Fortnight.
  • Support local Fairtrade Schools and Universities, and actively promote Fairtrade teaching materials in local schools and educational institutions.
  • Celebrate businesses championing Fairtrade products in the local community.
  • Review its procurement policy, including its catering offer, to ensure that as far as is lawful, Fairtrade produce is chosen wherever possible, and that Fairtrade Standards are included as a preference in any contracts going out to tender.
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