Thanet first achieved Fairtrade Island status in February 2008 and has been successfully renewed every two years (in 2010, 2012 and 2015).
Council Chairman, Cllr. Rev. Stuart Piper was presented with a certificate by Charlotte Taggart, Chairman of the Thanet Fairtrade Initiative, on 8 October 2015.
The certificate recognises this status and is displayed in the Thanet Gateway Plus.
The purpose of Fairtrade is to help tackle poverty in developing countries by ensuring that the farmers get a sustainable, fair price for the products such as tea, coffee, chocolate and bananas that we consume on a daily basis.
The Fairtrade Foundation is the umbrella organisation for all Fairtrade groups in the UK and awards Fairtrade status.
The five criteria for the award are:
Note: Fair trade (as two words), means any fairly traded goods. This includes a range of ethical organisations e.g. Rainforest Alliance, Body Shop etc
Fairtrade (one word), goods carry the FAIRTRADE Mark that guarantees, amongst other things, a fair price for the producer.
Visit the Thanet Fairtrade Initiative website for more information and how you can get involved.
Chairman of Thanet District Council Cllr Rev. Stuart Piper with members of the Thanet Fairtrade Initiative.
From left to right: Honorary Treasurer Gordon Linsell, Honorary Chair Charlotte Tagart and member of the Steering Group Dilys Linsell.