Fairtrade is about ensuring a better deal for producers in developing countries and making sure they get a good price for a good product. Buying Fairtrade products is the most significant way for you to help boost the economies of these communities. You can make a real difference to the lives of producers and their families by simply swapping some of the items you buy every day for those bearing the Fairtrade mark.
Below you will find information about making the switch to Fairtrade goods, Fairtrade in schools, being a Fairtrade business and the Hackney Fairtrade group.
Switching to Fairtrade goods
The Council holds Fairtrade status and has switched all of the tea, coffee and sugar that it buys to Fairtrade products. But the real difference will be made by our residents. You can help by:
- buying Fairtrade goods - tea, coffee, fruit, sugar, chocolate and clothes are all available in shops in Hackney
- encouraging your work place to stock tea, coffee and sugar
- encouraging your place of worship (if you attend one) to provide Fairtrade refreshments
What Fairtrade products can I buy?
For more information about switching to Fairtrade goods, see the Fairtrade Foundation's website. You might also find the London Fairtrade guide [pdf, 3.54Mb] useful. It contains a lot of information about where you can buy Fairtrade goods in the capital, along with product suggestions and information.
Fairtrade in schools
If you're a teacher or other member of staff at a school, the Fairtrade Foundation offers resources for pupils of all ages. Find out more about becoming a Fairtrade school.
Being a Fairtrade business
It's easy to stock Fairtrade products, whether you're a retailer or catering outlet; they're competitively priced and there are over 2,000 to choose from. There's more information available from the Fairtrade Foundation. If you don't sell directly to the public, you can still support Fairtrade by providing Fairtrade products in your staff room or canteen.
Hackney Fairtrade Group
Hackney achieved Fairtrade borough status on 4 May 2008 following a motion of commitment made by the full Council on 31 January 2007 and is one of 23 London boroughs to have the status. The borough renewed its Fairtrade status in 2009, and again in September 2015.
The Hackney Fairtrade Group is led by Cllr Clare Potter and includes representatives from the Council, local voluntary sector, education and local residents passionate about Fairtrade. In 2015 the Group also appointed Dominic Ellison of Hackney Co-operative Developments (HCD) as the borough's first Fairtrade Flagship Employer.
Membership is open to individuals who express an interest in encouraging the community to support Fairtrade by thinking creatively.
Since January 2015, the Fairtrade group has led very successful campaigns to promote Fairtrade including:
- facilitating two screenings at Hackney Picturehouse, including fashion documentary The True Cost
- tasting events, with support from local shops, in libraries and markets to encourage people to buy Fairtrade products
- visiting schools to promote Fairtrade
To maintain our status for the next two years and beyond we need to show that we, as a community, are committed to the aims of the Fairtrade Foundation who judge us against a set of five criteria:
- The Council has to support Fairtrade and buy or use Fairtrade products within its buildings and offices
- A range of Fairtrade products are available for sale in a variety of shops in the borough
- The Council gains support from schools, workplaces, places of worship and community organisations and encourages them support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible
- Raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community
- A Fairtrade steering group representing different sectors is formed to coordinate action around the goals and develop them over the years
For more information on the group please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.