A Fairtrade town is a town that has made a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using products with the Fairtrade mark.
Wirksworth has held Fairtrade Town status since 16th January 2009. To achieve Fairtrade town status, community organisations, faith groups, businesses, schools and individuals all contribute by pledging to do what they can to support Fairtrade and promote the FAIRTRADE Mark.
There are five steps that must be taken to be awarded the status.
- The Council passed a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agrees to serve Fairtrade products in meetings, offices and wherever possible.
- there must be a range of Fairtrade products readily available in the town's retail outlets and served in local catering outlets.
- Local workplaces, churches, schools and other community organisations must pledge their support to using Fairtrade products whenever possible.
- There must be significant media coverage and events to raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.
- A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure that the Fairtrade Town campaign continues to develop and gain new support.
For more information about Fairtrade, go to http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/.