HARTLEPOOL’S status as a Fairtrade town has been renewed for a further two years by the Fairtrade Foundation.
The new year marks the 10th anniversary since Hartlepool became a Fairtrade town and to mark the milestone campaigners will be producing a special brochure highlighting where Fairtrade products can be purchased.
To gain Fairtrade status a town must ensure it has support from the local authority to promote the idea, a significant proportion of shops and cafes offering Fairtrade marked products, support from other businesses and community groups and support from the media.
Products with the Fairtrade mark guarantee that a fair price – and living wage – goes to the producer regardless of world markets, ethical and environmental standards are followed and that a social premium is paid to co-operative groups, with the workers deciding how to spend it to benefit the local community.
Martin Green, chairman of the Hartlepool Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “It is very reassuring that Hartlepool has renewed its Fairtrade town status.
“We’d also like to attract more businesses and community group representatives onto our Steering Group, so if anyone is interested we would love to hear from them.”
Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, the Mayor of Hartlepool, said: “I would like to thank the members of the Steering Group for their efforts in driving this initiative forward. “Without your hard work and dedication it wouldn’t be the success that it is.
Anyone wanting to get involved with the Steering Group should contact Martin on (01429) 275091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org